Voters went to the polls to decide a few runoffs Tuesday, July 22, during the State of Georgia Primary Runoff Election. In Appling County a total of 1,290 votes were cast out of 10,613 registered voters in the county (12.15 percent).
In Appling contested races 11-term Congressman Jack Kingston easily defeated newcomer David Perdue for the Republican nomination to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. Kingston received 954 votes and Perdue received 185. However, statewide Perdue narrowly defeated Kingston. Perdue received 245,724 votes statewide and Kingston garnered 237,191 votes. Perdue will now face Michelle Nunn, Democrat, in the General Election in November to decide who will be Georgia’s next U.S. Senator.
For the Democrat Georgia School Superintendent nominee Alisha Thomas Morgan defeated Valarie D. Wilson in Appling receiving 74 votes to Wilson’s 67. Again, it was another story statewide. Wilson defeated Morgan receiving 73,590 votes to Morgan’s 61,725.
For the Republican nominee for Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods defeated Michael Buck in Appling County. Woods received 612 votes and Buck received 412 votes. Statewide, unofficially, Woods is shown narrowly defeating Buck. Woods garnered 199,258 votes to Buck’s 198,532 votes. The margin would allow for a recount if Buck decides to call for a recount.