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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 2:22am

Runoffs Coming For Three Races

Three of the state's four legislative special elections Tuesday are headed to a runoff, with no candidate in those districts getting a majority of the votes needed to win.

The unofficial results from the Secretary of State show Republican Terry Rogers has won House District 10 with 61 percent of the vote with 99 percent of the precincts reporting.

But there will be runoffs in Senate Districts 28 and 50 and House District 25. All results are unofficial, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting in all three districts.

In Senate District 28 (Carroll, Coweta, Heard, and Troup counties), Republicans Duke Blackburn and Mike Crane will meet in the runoff. District 50 (Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Rabun, Stephens, Towns and White counties) will see a runoff between Republican’s Rick Austin and John K. Wilkinson.

In House District 25 (Hall County), Republicans Emory West Dunahoo Jr. and Bobby Banks edged a tight seven-person field to make it to the runoff.

Tuesday's special elections were held to fill vacancies in the Legislature created when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed lawmakers to state posts earlier this year.

In other votes, the six-way race for Savannah mayor is also headed to a Dec. 6 runoff between council members Edna Jackson and Jeff Felser.

Sunday alcohol sales votes in more than 100 communities across the state largely succeeded, though at least a couple of cities rejected the idea.

Valdosta voters have soundly rejected a plan to merge the city schools into the surrounding Lowndes County School System, with 79 percent of voters turning down the plan.

The proposal was supported by the local chamber of commerce, but the boards of education of both districts opposed the idea.

A $190 million special purpose local option sales tax in Bibb County passed by a 3-to-1 margin.

Most of the money from the penny sales tax will fund improvements to recreation and infrastructure in Bibb County. But $6 million is slated to buy up land around Robins Air Force Base, which is in Houston County.

Seventy-three percent of voters supported the SPLOST.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.