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Monday, November 30, 2009 - 9:44am

Polls Close For Runoff Elections

Updated: 5 years ago.
Polls are open Tuesday in parts of Georgia for runoff elections. (GPB file photo)

Polling precincts have closed across the state for various runoff elections. And while the battle for the Atlanta mayor’s office has grabbed the spotlight, there are several other races to be decided.

A state senate seat, three House seats, and a key Augusta Commission post are among races to be decided.

Rusty Kidd is aiming to follow his late father Culver into the Georgia House. Kidd -- running as an independent -- faces-off against Democrat Darrell Black in District 141 representing the Milledgeville-area.

Another father-to-son transition could be in-place for House District 129. Kip Smith narrowly missed winning outright last month with 49 percent of the vote. He and fellow Republican Steve Earles are the choices to replace Vance Smith in the Columbus-region.

House District 58 in metro Atlanta is also being contested between Democrats Simone Bell and Asha Jackson.

The old state Senate seat of Kasim Reed will be decided Tuesday between Democrats Donzella James and Torrey Johnson. Reed left District 35 and has his own runoff-battle for mayor of Atlanta.

And in east Georgia, the racial balance of the Augusta Commission could change. Newcomer Matt Aitken who is white, opposes Bill Fennoy, who is black.

Check back with gpb.org/news for election updates, and get wrap-ups on the election during Wednesday's Morning Edition on GPB Radio.

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