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South Georgia Election Results

Voters in several south Georgia counties went to the polls Tuesday.

A liquor by the drink referendum was on the ballot in Quitman. It passed 121 to 100.Restaurants who pay for special permits will be able to sell alcoholic drinks.

The city of Alapaha has a new mayor.Mayor Joel Dixon resigned and moved away not long after winning re-election last year.

Waymond Smith will replace him after narrowly beating Phillip Hoffman.Smith resigned his seat on the Alapaha city council to run for mayor. Now, his brother will replace him.

Timothy Smith defeated Kenneth Griner in the Post 3 race.

Dawson city council member Gail Rakel will remain in office after an unusual re-vote. She defeated Willie Lou Williams.In November she lost to Williams by one vote, but a court ordered the election be held again because some people voted in the wrong ward.

Voters in Ben Hill County overwhelmingly approved an extension to the local option sales tax. It's expected to bring in more than $15.5 million that will be split evenly between the county and the City of Fitzgerald.

An easy win for the sales tax in Crisp County. Of nearly one thousand voters, only 63 voted no.

A sales tax referendum in Thomas County, however, did not pass. It would have raised money for a new courthouse.It lost by just 21 votes.

posted by brian.russell@walb.com