-- 5 a.m.
Now it's Perdue vs. Nunn
ATLANTA — Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber.
Perdue emerged the winner of Tuesday's runoff against longtime Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah, claiming nearly 51 percent of the vote in unofficial returns. Along the way, Perdue dispatched three sitting congressmen to claim the nomination as he crafted a singular message of being an outsider with the business sense needed to tackle the nation's fiscal problems.
The win marked the end of a bruising, nine-week GOP runoff in which Perdue hammered Kingston as a career politician for his 11 terms in Washington, while Kingston argued voters couldn't trust a self-proclaimed outsider to do what he says he'll do. In the end, voters decided change was needed and went with the political newcomer, whose cousin is former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.
-- 1:30 a.m.
Woods takes GOP school race
ATLANTA -- Richard Woods won the GOP school superintendent runoff, but it was very close and a recount is probable.
With all 2,727 Georgia precincts counted, Woods defeated Mike Buck 199,069 to 198,343 -- 726 votes.
If the vote holds, he will face Democrat Valerie Wilson in November.
-- 11 p.m.
Perdue wins; Kingston concedes
ATLANTA -- David Perdue squeaked to the lead in the Republican Senate runoff Tuesday over Jack Kingston in one of the most closely watched contests in the country.
With two-thirds of the votes counted, Perdue had 50.71 percent to Kingston’s 49.29 percent at 11 p.m. when Kingston conceded. The difference was just 6,000 votes out of 480,000 tallied by then.
Voters said they were fed up with the situation in Washington and wanted a change. Perdue, a political newcomer convinced them he was better able to bring change than Kingston, a 22-year veteran of Congress.
Perdue won the May 20 primary, with Kingston coming in second out of seven candidates, locking them into a nine-week runoff in which they bludgeoned each other with negative ads with the assistance of well-financed political-action committees.
-- Walter Jones, Morris News Service
-- 10:52 p.m
Perdue beats Kingston
ATLANTA — Former CEO David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston to win Georgia's Republican US Senate nomination.
-- Associated Press
-- 10:45 p.m.
A very close school superintendent race
ATLANTA -- Mike Buck leads Richard Woods by 17 votes with 250 Georgia precincts still to count.
-- 10:30 p.m.
A very close Senate race
Just how close is the David Perdue-Jack Kingston Senate race? No where closer than northwest Georgia's Dade County where with all votes counted, Perdue had 537 votes and Kingston had 537 votes.
A dead heat.
-- 10:30 p.m.
Wilson wins Democrat school vote
ATLANTA -- Valarie Wilson, a former head of a state school-board group, has won the Democratic nomination for state superintendent of schools in Tuesday’s runoff, but as of 10:30 p.m., the Republican nominee hadn’t been determined.
Wilson won with 53 percent of the vote over Alisha Thomas Morgan, an Austell legislator, who garnered 47 percent.
The GOP runoff, though, had the vote nearly evenly split between Mike Buck and Richard Woods, two career educators. They traded the lead all night, but with three-quarters of the votes counted, Woods held the slimmest of leads with 50.01 percent to Buck’s 49.99 percent.
-- Morris News Service
- 10:10 p.m
McDuffie, Glascock results
Two local school board races were decided during Tuesday's run-off elections.
In McDuffie County, Jarvis McNair defeated Richard Downs in the run-off for the district three school board seat.
McNair garnered 56.5 percent or 190 votes and Downs had 43.45 percemt or 146 votes.
In Glascock County, incumbant Don Hilson lost his Mitchell District seat to Greg Johnson 219 votes to 271 votes.
-- Donna Stillinger
-- 10:05 pm
Perdue holds slim lead
ATLANTA -- David Perdue appeared to be squeaking to the lead in the Republican Senate runoff Tuesday over Jack Kingston in one of the most closely watched contests in the country.
With two-thirds of the votes counted, Perdue had 50.4 percent to Kingston’s 49.6 percent at 10 p.m. The difference was just 3,500 votes out of 440,000 tallied by then.
Kingston had said before returns started coming in that he would be in good shape if he did well in northern counties of Hall, Cherokee and Forsyth, but he lost all three of them. He also needed to repeat his whopping haul from the whole 1st congressional district along the coast as he did in the May 20 primary that put him into the runoff.
-- Morris News Service
-- 10 p.m.
Perdue takes Columbia County; Lakeside grad Mike Buck leads state school race
Although the race was tight statewide, in Columbia County David Perdue outpolled U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston 4,199 to 3,141, taking 57 percent of the GOP vote.
In the Republican State School Superintendent race, Michael Buck, a Lakeside High School graduate, captured 58 percent of the vote, outpolling Richard Woods 3,792 to 2748.
The few Democrats who came to Columbia County polls to vote in the runoff for School Superintendent cast most of their votes for Valarie Wilson, who outpolled Alisha Morgan 240 to 212.
In The U.S. House District 10 race bewteen Mike Collins and Jody Hice, only 10 columbia County precincts were eligible to vote. Collins garnered 543 votes to Hice's 421.
-- Columbia County News-Times
-- 9:50 p.m.
Hasan wins District 6
Ben Hasan won a runoff victory with 52.43 percent of votes to Bob Finnegan’s 47.57 percent in the Augusta Commission District 6 election. -- SUSAN MCCORD
-- 9:49 pm
Hice wins 10th District GOP race
ATHENS, Ga. — Minister and talk radio host Jody Hice has won the nomination of Republicans trying to choose a successor to GOP Rep. Paul Broun of Athens.
Hice of Monroe defeated Mike Collins of Jackson in a primary runoff election Tuesday in east Georgia's 10th Congressional District. Broun vacated the seat to run unsuccessfully for the Senate.
Hice is a longtime advocate for political activism from the pulpit. He campaigned as an ideological successor to Broun, a congressman known for his fundamentalist Christian views. Collins is the son of a former Georgia congressman, Mac Collins.
Hice faces Democrat Ken Dious of Athens in November.
-- Associated Press
Perdue, Buck Columbia County vote leaders
EVANS -- Columbia County votes have all been counted and David Perdue outpolled Congressman Jack Kingston in the GOP Senate primary runoff. Mike Buck, a former Columbia County resident had more local votes than Richard Woods in Republican school superintendent race.
-- 9:30 p.m.
School superintendent frontrunners lead
ATLANTA -- Both superintendent candidates with the education establishment’s support were leading in Tuesday’s runoff elections, as of 9:30 p.m. with half the votes counted.
In the Democratic runoff, Valarie Wilson had 54 percent and opponent Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, D-Austell, had 46 percent. Things were tighter in the Republican runoff where Mike Buck was ahead of opponent Richard Woods with 50.18 percent to Woods’ 49.82 percent. -- Morris News Service
-- 9:15 pm
ATLANTA -- Morris News Service reporters in Atlanta at Senate candidate Jack Kingston's headquarters say he is expected to soon address those gathered. His subject is not known.
They point out he lost all three of the counties in north Georgia that he said he needed to win, and he pulled in fewer votes in Chatham than in the primary while opponent David Perdue picked up some.
-- 9 pm
Corey Johnson says Jones has won 22nd Senate race
Chronicle reporter Tracey McManus is reporting from the scene and says 2-term Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson has conceded the 22nd District state Senate race to Harold Jones.
-- 9 pm
200 votes difference in Senate race ... so far
ATLANTA -- Fewer than 200 votes separate Jack Kingston and David Perdue in the Republican Senate runoff with one-third of the precincts reporting at 9 p.m.
Perdue leads with 147,800 or 50.02 percent to Kingston’s 147,655, or 49.98 percent.
Kingston said if he does well in northern counties of Hall, Cherokee and Forsyth, he feels confident of a win. He also needs to repeat his whopping haul from the whole 1st congressional district along the coast as he did in the May 20 primary that put him into the runoff.
Kingston, Perdue parties ready
ATLANTA -- Jack Kingston supporters are gathering tonight at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta. David Perdue has already greeted supporters at his campaign party at a hotel in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.
The results are still being counted, but the winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in a contest that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.
Wilson, Woods early school leaders
ATLANTA -- Valarie Wilson relied on her connections within the community of professional educators to take the lead in early returns in the Democratic runoff for state superintendent of schools while the Republican matchup for the same post was less conclusive.
At 8:30 p.m., Wilson had 53 percent of the votes counted to Alisha Thomas Morgan’s 47 percent with just 23 percent of the precincts across the state reporting. At the same time, Republican Richard Woods held a tiny lead of 50.4 percent over Mike Buck’s 49.6 percent -- a difference of less than 1,400 votes.
Wilson was a predictable leader, based on past runoff trends, but Buck should have also been ahead in the down-ballot contest, said University of Georgia professor and author Charles Bullock.
Perdue leading in Richmond
With 22 of 69 percincts counted, David Perdue leads Jack Kingston in Richmond County 56 to 44 percent.
Kingston takes early lead
ATLANTA -- Jack Kingston’s lead in early returns even before his home Chatham County reported any results backed up recent polls that predicted he would win Tuesday’s Republican Senate runoff over David Perdue for the U.S. Senate nomination.
At 8 p.m. with just 7 percent of the precincts reporting, Kingston had 51 percent to Perdue’s 49 percent.
Kingston said if he does well in northern counties of Hall, Cherokee and Forsyth, he feels confident of a win. They only had partial results by 8 p.m.
-- 8:10 pm
Columbia County votes being counted
In this Republican stronghold, David Perdue out polled Jack Kingston, 55 to 45 percent in Tuesday's vote for the GOP U.S. Senate seat.
In the the county's 10th Congressional District precincts, Mike Collins defeated Jody Hice, 61 to 39 percent as vote are counted.
The county's Web site indicated all precincts are reported, but the total votes are not.
8 pm. --
Slow day, but poll workers busy
On election day, they spend about 14 hours together. They will work hard during big elections, such as the presidential election. But Tuesday’s pace, with only three races on the Richmond County ballot, was much slower, leaving plenty of time to catch up on each other’s families.
“You’ve got to like the people you work with,” said Ruby Quarles, a Richmond County poll worker.
Read about their day in Thursday's Augusta Chronicle.
7: 50 pm --
Tight race, light turnout -- Senate anyone's call
ATLANTA -- After a series of surveys showed Jack Kingston and David Perdue repeatedly trading the lead in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate nomination, today’s vote count will finally settle the issue.
Perdue won the May 20 primary, with Kingston coming in second out of seven candidates, and every poll released afterward in the nine-week runoff seemed to show a different one of them in the lead. Pollsters admitted the only thing they could say with certainty was that it would be a close contest.
Expert thinks primary leaders will win
ATLANTA -- Tuesday’s Georgia superintendent primary runoff elections are likely to see small turnout and predictable results, said University of Georgia professor and author Charles Bullock.
Because voters see less day-to-day information about the superintendent races, the candidates with the most primary votes will most likely win the runoff election, according to patterns he’s researched.
“Those are such low-visibility contests,” he said. “There’s no television advertisements, no mailouts …There’s very little to guide those voters on that kind of contest.”
If the patterns hold true, Democrat Valarie Wilson and Republican Mike Buck will claim the runoff and face each other in November. Both Wilson and Buck also have the advantage of the education establishment’s backing, providing a base of supporters who are likely to vote in the runoff.
7:10 PM. --
Now the counting
Georgia polls close. Voting in today’s runoff called light.