Abrams refuses to concede governor’s race; Ralston, Collins, Gooch, Bearden, Cole, Patterson win
By Elaine Owen, Editor
Blue Ridge, Ga. – In Fannin County, there are 17,200 registered voters. In the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election, 11,233 of those voters—65.31 percent—voted. Almost half of those voters (5,355) voted early, in person at the Elections Office, by mail or online.
Lines were long but the wait was short as Fannin County election officials competently and professionally helped voters with necessary paperwork and through the voting process.
Fannin County residents were interested not only in the Governor’s race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, but the District 7 Representative, US House District 9 and State Senate 51. Locally, three seats were contested: Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner where voters chose and either Glenn Patterson (Republican) or Dixie Carter (Democrat).
Two seats on the Fannin County Board of Education were in contention; Democrat Jeff DePaola challenged incumbent Bobby Bearden. The other seat has two newcomers, Republican Mike Cole and Democrat Susan DeMoura seeking the nomination.
State officers, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Commissioners, and School Superintendent were also on the ballot.as well as five Constitutional Amendments and two Referendums.
Because of some technical difficulties, the “Incomplete and Unofficial” Summary of all races was not available until 11:30 p.m.
The “Incomplete and Unofficial” (until verified by the Secretary of State) totals of local races show that Republican Bobby Bearden will keep his seat on the Board of Education with 8,676 votes to Democrat Jeff DePaola’s 2,230 votes.
Republican Mike Cole showed 9,031 votes to Democrat Susan De- Moura’s 1,942.
For Governor, Fannin County voters chose Republican Brian Kemp (9,292) over Democrat Stacey Abrams (1,806).
For Lt. Governor, G. Duncan (R) garnered 8,867 votes to Democrat S.R. Amico’s 1,843.
State House District 7 Incumbent David Ralston (Republican) took 9,250 votes to challenger D. Day’s 1,715.
B. Raffensperger (R) was Fannin County’s choice for Secretary of State with 8,908 votes.
Incumbent Attorney General Chis Carr had 8,963 votes to C. Bailey’s 1,970.
Other winners in Fannin County were Congressman Doug Collins for US House District 9 with 9,186 votes to challenger Josh Mc-Call’s 1,842.
Steve Gooch (no challenger) had 9,709 votes with 107 Write-in Votes.
All Constitutional Amendments and both Referendums passed in Fannin County.