Kemp triumphs in White County

Governor’s race neck-and-neck statewide; voters approve SPLOST renewal

“Keep it Kemp” may have been the motto for White County’s voters, as 84.5 percent of them opted for Republican Brian Kemp (currently Georgia’s secretary of state) to be our next governor. His Democratic rival Stacey Abrams drew 14.4 percent of the vote, and Libertarian Ted Metz had 1 percent.

As of Wednesday morning, however, the statewide race showed Kemp with a narrow lead of just under 70,000 votes (roughly 50.4 percent), with Abrams yet to concede.

Outside of the gubernatorial race, the unofficial White County election results heavily favored the GOP. In White County’s only congressional race, U.S. House District 9, Repubican incumbent Doug Collins easily fended off Democratic challenger Josh McCall (84.4 percent vs. 15.4 percent) on his way to re-election.

All of the county’s state lawmakers (Georgia House and Senate) won their primary and faced no opposition for re-election on Nov. 6. The same was true for local races, such as county commission and board of education.

The ballot also contained a lengthy list of referendums and state constitutional amendments. Most important for White County was the SPLOST election, which would continue the 1-penny Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for another six years, raising an estimated $28 million for capital improvements. Voters approved it by a 2-to-1 margin (64.6 percent in favor).

On other ballot questions, the vote went as follows:

• Amendment 1 (creates an outdoor conservation trust fund): 77.5 percent yes, 22.5 no

• Amendment 2 (creates a statewide business court): 63.5 yes, 36.4 no

• Amendment 3 (taxation of private timberland): 58.4 yes, 41.5 no

• Amendment 4 (victims’ rights; aka “Marsy’s Law”): 77.6 yes, 22.3 no

• Amendment 5 (sales tax allocation for schools): 64.1 yes, 35.8 yes

• Referendum A (homestead exemption in metro counties): 49.2 yes, 50.7 no

• Referendum B (tax exemption on homes for disabled): 69.2 yes, 30.7 no

Here’s how White County voted on contested state races:


• Brian Kemp (R): 9,658

• Stacey Abrams (D): 1,647

• Ted Metz (L): 125

Lt. Governor

• Geoff Duncan (R): 9,403

• Sarah Riggs Amico (D): 1,718

Secretary of State

• Brad Raffensperger (R): 9,285

• John Barrow (D): 1,775

• Smythe Duval (L): 221

Attorney General

• Chris Carr, incumbent (R): 9,426

• Charlie Bailey (D): 1,819

Commissioner of Agriculture

• Gary Black, incumbent (R): 9,655

• Fred Swann (D):1,565

Commissioner of Insurance

• Jim Beck (R): 9,331

• Janice Laws (D): 1,632

• Donnie Foster (L): 292


State School Superintendent

• Richards Wood, incumbent (R): 9,642

• Otha E. Thorton, Jr. (D): 1,585

Commissioner of Labor

• Mark Butler, incumbent (R): 9,568

• Richard Keatley (D): 1,643

Public Service Commissioner (to succeed Chuck Eaton)

• Chuck Eaton, incumbent (R): 9,214

• Lindy Miller (D): 1,713

• Ryan Graham (L): 314

Public Service Commissioner (to succeed Tricia Pridemore)

• Tricia Pridemore, incumbent (R): 9,281

• Dawn A. Randolph (D): 1,630

• John Turpish (L): 321

U.S. Representative in 116th Congress from the 9th Congressional District of Georgia

• Doug Collins, incumbent (R): 9,538

• Josh McCall (D): 1,745

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