SOUTHWEST Ga. (WALB) - After heading into a runoff, a new Georgia District 13 senator was elected Tuesday.
Carden Summers will now represent Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee, Tift, Turner, Worth and parts of Sumter and Wilcox counties in the Georgia Senate.
A special election race was held for the Senate seat after the passing of Senator Greg Kirk in December.
On Feb. 4, Summers (R), Jim Quinn (R) and Mary Egler (D) were all vying for the District 13 Senate seat. However, no candidate managed to get 50 percent plus one vote, leaving the race to a runoff. Summers garnered 43.11 percent of the votes while Quinn received 42.18 percent and Egler took 14.71 percent.
This time it was just Summers and Quinn going head to head.
Summers won with 51.96 percent of the votes to Quinn’s 48.04 percent.
The Crisp County native said he feels blessed and was very happy with Tuesday’s turned out.
Summers won the special election to finish out Kirk’s term. He said he plans to requalify for the position this week. That election will be held in November.
Summers said he respected Kirk and now wants to move forward and unite local representatives
“What I plan on doing is going and doing anything in my power to make South Georgia a better place to work, live and play, that’s my goal. I want to unite other senators and representatives in this district and even out of this district, districts that touch us and say, ‘Let’s come together with a common goal and let’s make South Georgia a better place.’”
According to Georgia’s Secretary of State’s website, there were over 12,000 votes cast. Those votes were all taken on Georgia’s new voting machines.
All 159 of Georgia’s counties now have the new machines.
Voters in several counties, including Lee County, got their second chance to try out the new machines.
Lee County election staff said they didn’t have any major problems at the polls.
"It’s been a smooth day. So, voters typically appreciated the process knowing that they have the chance to verify that their ballot is auditable and look at the paper ballot and confirm they are voting for who they wish to vote for,” said Lee County Elections Supervisor Veronica Johnson.
Johnson said all precincts were open Tuesday. She said they expected around 15 percent of active and registered voters to hit the polls