Georgians vote for Romney, charter school amendment

Published 10:20 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

While the U.S. presidential election was still too close to call at press time, several state and regional elections appeared to have been decided.

At 10:20 p.m., with 110 of 159 Georgia counties having completely reported results, Georgia’s electoral votes went to Republican Mitt Romney. However, Romney and U.S. President Barack Obama were neck-and-neck in Florida and several key Western states had not yet reported results.

With 23 of 29 counties reporting in the race for U.S. Representative in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Sanford Bishop appeared to have won, carrying about 63.62 percent of the vote to challenger John House’s 36.38 percent. In Decatur County, Bishop garnered 5,128 votes, to House’s 5,018 votes.

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In the Georgia House of Representatives race in District 171, which includes Bainbridge and most of northern Decatur County, incumbent Republican Jay Powell won re-election with 10,686 votes, or 59.14 percent, to Democratic challenger Jewell D. Howard’s 7,382 votes, or 40.86 percent.

In the Georgia House of Representatives race in District 173, which includes the southern and eastern parts of Decatur County, incumbent Republican Darlene Taylor won re-election with 12,048 votes, or 59.14 percent, to Democratic challenger Haley Shank’s 8,324 votes, or 40.86 percent.

There were two proposed amendments to Georgia’s Constitution on Tuesday’s ballot.

Georgia voters appeared to have passed the first, which would have allowed for approval of public charter schools without the consent of local school boards, with about 57.45 percent voting “yes” and 42.55 percent voting “no.” Decatur County voters cast their opinion against the proposed amendment.

Georgia voters also passed the second proposed amendment, which would allow the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements. About 62.94 percent voted “yes,” while 37.06 percent voted “no.”