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First Looks at the General Primary Election Results

August 1, 2012
A Georgia voter sticker displays on a handbag.

More than 1.6 million voters sent in advance ballots and headed to the polls for yesterday's general primary, one that saw the defeat of the T-SPLOST and the approval of Sunday liquor sales in select counties. Overwhelmingly, Republican and Democratic voters alike also supported enforcing a cap on lobbyists' gifts to state legislators.

Of the ballot issues for this primary, the addition of a 1% transportation sales tax took up the largest share of voters' attention, splitting supporters and naysayers in the media and general public down lines of hotly contested debate. Preliminary results from yesterday's election on T-SPLOST see the measure voted down in nine of 12 districts, with the overall numbers showing:

Voters Percent of All Ballots  Number of Ballots
For 38.7% 619,726
Against 61.3% 980,030
Total: ... 1,599,756

Unwilling to accept a decade long wait for transportation improvements, T-SPLOST supporters, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, this morning pledged to find alternate ways to get projects funded. 

Currently, 153 of the state's 159 counties have fully reported election data. The Secretary of State will certify results in the coming weeks.