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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 3:33am

3 Special Elections Settled

Newnan businessman Mike Crane will take his seat in the state Senate after winning the District 28 runoff Tuesday.

He defeated Duke Blackburn with 60 percent of the vote for the west Georgia district that includes all of Coweta and Heard counties and parts of Carroll and Troup counties.

Crane replaces Mitch Seabaugh, who resigned to become the deputy state treasurer.

In Senate District 50, John Wilkinson captured 58 percent of the vote to win his runoff against Rick Austin.

Wilkinson replaces Jim Butterworth in the northeast Georgia seat that covers Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Rabun, Stephens, Towns and a portion of White County. Wilkinson left to become head of the Georgia National Guard.

Dunahoo Headed To House

Emory Dunahoo Jr. has won a runoff election for a seat in the Georgia House representing a district in Hall County.

Dunahoo won a runoff election Tuesday against former Hall County commissioner Bobby Banks.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Dunahoo had 1,580 votes or 62.9 percent. Banks had 931 votes or 37.1 percent.

Dunahoo replaces James Mills, an 18-year representative who resigned from the Georgia House in October to take a job on Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Visit the Secretary of State’s elections site for more detailed results.

Jackson Takes Savannah Mayor's Race

A City Council veteran is the first black woman elected mayor in Savannah.

Edna Jackson won a runoff election Tuesday with 56 percent of the vote. She defeated a fellow councilman, Jeff Felser.

Albany Elects First Woman

Albany will have its first female mayor after Dorothy Hubbard won a runoff election Tuesday.

Unofficial election results showed that the former city commissioner defeated businesswoman B.J. Fletcher with 53.2 percent of the votes.

The Albany Herald reported Hubbard will be sworn into office next month.

Hubbard and Fletcher met in the runoff after they finished in the top two spots in the Nov. 8 municipal election.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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