Kingsland mayor's race heads to runoff

With record voter turnout across the state, the Kingsland mayor’s race still hasn’t been decided. Incumbent Kenneth Smith and sitting councilman Grayson Day will be headed to a runoff election on Dec. 4 after Day took 41.94 percent of the votes and Smith claimed the second spot at 24.64 percent.

A candidate has to take 50 percent plus one vote to win the election because elected officials are selected by a majority vote. Nearly 5,000 residents voted in the mayor’s race, with Day pulling ahead early as precincts began reporting Tuesday night and ultimately getting 2,075 votes. Jim McClain, also a current councilman, maintained a narrow margin of just a few dozen votes over Smith until early voting and absentee ballots started to be added.

The results won’t be certified until Friday but the unofficial results put McClain behind Smith by 96 votes with 22.76 percent. Former councilman James Ham received 10.39 percent of the vote.

In Kingsland’s other opposed race, former councilman Alex Blount won the Post 4 seat by a landslide against newcomer Gary Faraon, 75.43 percent to 23.45 percent, respectively. LaMar Stokes ran unopposed for Kingsland Post 3.

Statewide, record numbers of Georgians turned out to vote with some election supervisors extending voting hours on Tuesday. In Camden, more people voted in the mid-term elections than in the 2016 presidential election, posting an unprecedented 17,112 ballots and putting voter turnout at 54.1 percent.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all results are for Camden County only.

Kingsland mayor

Grayson Day — 41.94% — 2,075

Kenneth Smith (I) — 24.64% — 1,219

Jim McClain — 22.76% — 1,126

James Ham — 10.39% — 514

Kingsland, Post 4

Alex Blount — 75.43% — 3,361

Gary Faraon — 23.45% — 1,045

St. Marys, Post 1

Artie Jones Jr. — 76.24% — 3,482

Wiley King — 22.88% — 1,045

St. Marys, Post 2

Jim Goodman — 59.04% — 3,128

Elaine Powierski (I) — 40.37% — 2,139

St. Marys, Post 3

Jim Gant (I) — 70% — 3,157

Jay Moreno — 28.85% — 1,301

County commission, District 2

Chuck Clark (I) — 93.48% — 2,881

Write-in votes — 6.52% — 201

*Ben Goff qualified as a write-in candidate but results don’t specify how many votes he received.

State Senate, District 3

William Ligon (R)(I) — 66.62% — 11,194

Jerrold Dagen (D) — 33.33% — 5,601

U.S. House, District 1

Buddy Carter (R)(I) — 66.08% — 11,163

Lisa Ring (D) — 33.87% — 5,721

Governor

Brian Kemp (R) — 65.28% — 11,135

Stacey Arams (D) — 33.55% — 5,723

Ted Metz (L) — 1.14% — 195

Lieutenant governor

Geoff Duncan (R) — 66.51% — 10,931

Sarah Riggs Amico (D) — 33.41% — 5,491

Secretary of state

Brad Raffensperger (R) — 64.37% — 10,827

John Barrow (D) — 32.9% — 5,534

Smythe Duval (L) — 2.7% — 454

Attorney general

Chris Carr (R)(I) — 66.11% — 11,076

Charlie Bailey (D) — 33.86% — 5,673

Woodbine Sunday alcohol sales

Yes — 59.38% — 228

No — 40.63% — 156

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