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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 10:28am

Savannah Area Voters To Pick Johnson Successor

Voters in the Savannah area will go to the polls Tuesday to settle a case of musical chairs created when Republican State Senator Eric Johnson's decided to run for governor.

Johnson made his decision to resign from the Senate to seek the governorship in September.

His open seat created a vacancy in the First Senate District that includes Bryan and parts of Chatham and Liberty Counties.

Pooler House Republican Buddy Carter decided to run for the Senate seat, as did former Chatham County Commission Chairman Billy Hair.

Carter's decision to resign from the House then created a vacancy in House District 159 that includes parts of Chatham and Effingham Counties.

Former State House member Ann Purcell and first-time office-seeker Jesse Tyler are both running for the House seat.

With few other races on the ballot, few debates and no party distinctions between them, low voter turnout is expected.