Two Republicans have defeated challengers to retain their seats on Georgia's Public Service Commission. Commissioner Chuck Eaton defeated Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer for the District 3 seat on the panel, which regulates electric and other utilities in the state. The district covers metro Atlanta, although the seat is elected statewide. In western Georgia, Commissioner Stan Wise, a Republican, defeated Libertarian David Staples for the District 5 seat. No Democratic candidate qualified in that race, which is also elected statewide.
Georgia Democrat John Barrow survived a Republican challenge Tuesday to his East Georgia congressional seat. Barrow of Augusta defeated Grovetown State Representative Lee Anderson 53% to 46% according to unofficial results. Anderson's GOP was counting on recently redrawn district lines to carry him to victory.
It’s good to be a Georgia incumbent this year in the U.S. Congress. In east Georgia's hotly-contested 12th district, John Barrow held off Republican Lee Anderson Tuesday to remain the only white Blue Dog Democrat from the Deep South in Congress. In southwest Georgia's 2nd district, Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop of Columbus has defeated a Republican challenger to win an 11th term in Congress. Bishop beat John House of Midland.
Campaign finance records show that supporters of Georgia's charter school amendment have outspent opponents by a significant margin. Pro-amendment groups have raised more than $2 million; opponents have collected $123,243.
Voters in Augusta and surrounding Richmond County could make history this Election Day by electing the county's first black sheriff. A victory for Richard Roundtree would make him the first African-American to serve as the top lawman in Richmond County in the office's 230-year history.
The race for Georgia State Senate District 9 will be one to watch: Senator Don Balfour, a veteran of the gold dome, who is currently under criminal investigation, is up against a political newcomer, Lawrenceville attorney Scott Drake.
The lone candidate for sheriff in a suburban Atlanta county is poised to win the election despite facing a felony indictment. But the charges could ultimately lead to him being suspended or tossed from office. Victor Hill lost his bid to be re-elected as Clayton County's sheriff in 2008. But he ran again and defeated the incumbent in a runoff in August. Now he's the only candidate on the ballot.