Election results overview, Midday, November 8, 2006

Winner in Barrow/Burns race still unclear

The Burns/Barrow race remains very close with most of the votes in.

This morning John Barrow said he had won the race and re-election, but Max Burns hasn't conceded yet.

Both the congressman and Burns swung through Augusta yesterday trying to get votes.

You'll remember Barrow beat Burns in the same district two years ago, but it was redrawn.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Barrow has 51 percent, with just over 3000 votes over Burns.

Copenhaver retains seat without runoff

In one of the biggest wins of the night, Deke Copenhaver won four years as Augusta mayor without a runoff.

"I'd also like to thank the people of Augusta for entrusting me with four years," Copenhaver said. "I guarantee I will not let you down. I will continue to bring jobs to Augusta."

The mayor says all the economic news for the city is what helped him secure the win.

Copenhaver defeated former fire chief Ronnie Few, Steven Kendrick, and William "Gil" Gilyard by getting 65 percent of the vote.

The mayor was back at it this morning, speaking to a women's group.

Runoffs coming

You will get to go back to the polls in just under a month to decide some of the races that weren't quite settled yesterday.

That runoff is December 5th.

The superior court judge race still up in the air, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

J. David Roper and Bill Williams will face off there.

You've also got two board of education races. In Richmond County, A.K. Hasan will defend his seat against Venus Cain, and in Columbia County, with 98 percent reporting, Lee Muns is headed to a runoff for school board chairman, most likely with Regina Buccafuso.

Aiken County school board races decided

In Aiken County's school board races, with 90 percent of the votes counted, Levi Green has 56 percent of the vote in District 2. John Hightower has 59 percent in District 3, and Ray Fleming has 53 percent of the vote in District 5.

Governors to remain

Georgia and South Carolina both keep their governors.

Governor Sonny Perdue beat Mark Taylor soundly with 58 percent of the vote.

In South Carolina it was just a little closer. Governor Mark Sanford got 55 percent over Aiken County native Tommy Moore.

Voter turnout met expectations

In Richmond County, voter turnout was about 50 percent, about what was expected.

A bigger turnout was predicted in Augusta than in the rest of the state because of some big races, like the mayor.

Richmond County also saw a huge early voting turnout, with about 8000 people.

Gay marriage bans

Seven states now have bans on gay marriage, but Arizona was the first state to reject it.

South Carolina overwhelmingly passed a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin also passed same sex marriage bans.

South Dakota rejected a very tough ban on abortion, and Missouri voters approved more stem cell research.


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