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Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 12:57pm

Heated Runoff Nets Few Voters

Voting booths in 15 northwest Georgia counties were relatively slow Tuesday as voters in the 9th district choose their next Congressman.

Two conservative Republicans are vying to replace Nathan Deal.

Lee Hawkins is a dentist and former state Senator from Gainesville backed by Fair Tax supporters and Christian conservatives.

Business developer Tom Graves is a former state Representative from Granger who has Tea Party endorsements.

Tuesday's runoff comes after neither candidate garnered 50 percent of the vote during last month’s special election to fill the seat vacated when Deal stepped down to run for Governor.

In Hall County, Interim Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee predicts only 18% voter turnout.

Sosebee: “I think people just associate election day with November”

But with even fewer voters expected to cast ballots in other counties, Sosebee says Hall’s turnout is actually a high point.

Sosebee: “If I got back and look at some of out voter statistics in some of our past elections it’s been a high turnout, so I think we just have voters who vote on a regular basis.”

Tuesday's winner will face re-election in November.