Voter turnout high locally for runoff

Voter turnout was high in Richmond and Columbia counties for tonight’s runoff election between Saxby Chambliss and challenger Jim Martin.

In Columbia County, more than 41 percent of the county’s registered voters cast ballots. Columbia County Board of Elections Director Debbie Marshall said that before the election she had predicted a 21 percent turnout, “so that’s way over what I had said. It turned out great. It was just a high profile race on the ballot.”

In Richmond County, turnout also was above the 25 percent Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey had predicted, with 37 percent of those registered heading to the polls.

“I’ll have to say that this is an amazing turnout,” Ms. Bailey said.

With only provisional votes left to be counted, Columbia County chose Mr. Chambliss by a wide margin of 23,003 to 7,193. Meanwhile, in Richmond County, Mr. Martin took more votes, with 23,493 to Mr. Chambliss’ 16,082.

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