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12% of Georgia voters decide runoff races

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   But that was up significantly from previous runoffs. In fact, turnout was three times higher than a 2006 runoff.

The highest turnout was in predominantly Republican metro Atlanta. In more rural parts of the state, like Dougherty County, turnout yesterday was only 10.7%.

Elections officials say turnout would likely have been higher had there been a local race on the ballot.

"You find that some people usually turn out more when there is a local interest, but you would think that on a state level there is still representation for us also. You would hope that they do turn out," said Dougherty Co. Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson.

Heavily Republican Lee County beat the state average, with right at 15% voter turnout for the runoff.


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