Jones County’s voter percentage for the July 22 primary runoff election was just short of 12 percent, which is a very respectable figure for a runoff with no local candidates involved. It was the Republicans, however, who showed up on Election Day with 1,405 voters casting their ballots to decide between Congressman Jack Kingston or businessman David Perdue.
Perdue took Jones County by 58 percent, which is the same result – albeit by a larger margin – than what happened statewide. The difference between the candidates in the race statewide was less than 1 percent and amounted to less than 9,000 votes.
Perdue will face another newcomer to politics in November, Democrat Michelle Nunn. The Democrat is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, who represented Georgia from 1972-97.
The November contest will determine who will take the place of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who has been a Georgia senator since 2002.
In the state school superintendent runoff, Jones County’s results were completely opposite from those statewide. In Jones County’s Republican race, Michael Buck won over Richard Woods 53 to 47 percent. Statewide Woods edged out Buck by less than one percentage point.
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