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2012 General Election Unofficial Results In
Although much of last night's news about the general election focused on President Barack Obama's win of a second term, several congressional, state and local races also spurred conversation. Highlighted below are a handful of these:
- Both state constitutional amendments passed by wide margins. The first allows the state to set up a commission to approve charter schools; the second permits state agencies to enter into multi-year building leases.
- In the congressional races, incumbent representatives Jack Kingston, Sanford Bishop, Henry C. 'Hank' Johnson, John Lewis, Tom Price, Rob Woodall, Phil Gingrey, John Barrow, David Scott and Tom Graves all kept their seats. Unopposed in yesterday's election, representatives Lynn Westmoreland, Austin Scott and Paul C. Broun will also head back to Congress.
- In the state's newly formed congressional district, Republican candidate Doug Collins clinched a 76 to 24 percent lead to beat Democratic hopeful Jody Cooley.
- Republican incumbents Chuck Eaton and Stan Wise both kept their seats on the Public Service Commission. After hearing of his win, Eaton reiterated his promise to keep utility prices affordable for Georgia families.
- In Brookhaven's mayorial election, J. Max Davis took home 7,720 votes, close to 49 percent approval. Candidate Sandy Murray trailed with 36 percent, Larry Danese with 10 percent and Thom Shepard with 5 percent. Brookhaven, the state's newest city, is slated to open municipal operations on December 17.
To learn more about the election results, watch a tutorial on how to filter election data and review the unofficial results. The Secretary of State's Elections Division will certify results in the coming weeks.