Live Blog: Georgia Primary 2012

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- News 12 is following all of the local races you care about in our Georgia Primary coverage.

We'll keep you updated throughout the night on air and online.

11:17 p.m.

Richmond County sheriff candidate Freddie Sanders has won the Republican nomination with 76 percent of the vote. It's looking like a runoff for Democratic Richmond County sheriff candidates Scott Peebles (47 percent) and Richard Roundtree (39 percent).

Lee Anderson is headed into a runoff on Aug. 21 but who his opponent will be is unclear at this time. Anderson got 39 percent of the vote (89 percent reporting), while Rick Allen and Wright McLeod are very close at 26 and 25 percent, respectively.

Alcohol sales passed in Grovetown with 63 percent of voters saying yes.

In Columbia County, Trey Allen is keeping his seat in District 2 after taking 68 percent of the vote, and Charles Allen won District 3 after capturing 72 percent. Another heated race in Columbia County was the position of magistrate judge -- Justin Troiano took 54 percent of the vote over Jason Hasty and Christopher Hudson.

For TSPLOST, it was a pretty close vote. About 54 percent of you voted yes on the penny sales tax toward roadwork, while 46 percent voted against it. One of the big projects on the referendum extends Riverwatch Parkway into Evans, but every county in our area is slated to get some work done. Richmond County is up for nearly 50 projects. Our area was one of three districts in the state to pass the measure. The 1 percent increase will begin Jan. 1. Projects may start as early as next spring.

11 p.m.

U.S. House, District 12 (GOP) - 63 percent reporting:
Lee Anderson 34%
Rick Allen 26%
Wright McLeod 25%
Maria Sheffield 15%

10:30 p.m.

Richmond County Sheriff (Dem) - 92 percent reporting:
Scott Peebles 47%
Richard Roundtree 39%
Robbie Silas 9%
John Ivey 6%

Richmond County Sheriff (GOP) - 87 percent reporting:
Freddie Sanders 76%
Mike Godowns 24%

U.S. House, District 12 (GOP) - 88 percent reporting:
Lee Anderson 34%
Rick Allen 26%
Wright McLeod 24%
Maria Sheffield 16%

TSPLOST, CSRA District - 62 percent reporting:
Yes 54%
No 46%

9:55 p.m.

Richmond County Sheriff (GOP) - 36 percent reporting:
Freddie Sanders 77%
Mike Godowns 23%

Richmond County Sheriff (Dem) - 71 percent reporting:
Scott Peebles 44%
Richard Roundtree 42%
Robbie Silas 8%
John Ivey 6%

9:52 p.m.

TSPLOST, CSRA District - 74 percent reporting:
Yes 56%
No 44%

9:35 p.m.

Richmond County Sheriff (Dem) - 36 percent reporting:
Richard Roundtree 45%
Scott Peebles 42%
Robbie Silas 7%
John Ivey 6%

Richmond County Sheriff (GOP) - 29 percent reporting:
Freddie Sanders 78%
Mike Godowns 22%

From the Allen campaign:

From the Sanders campaign:

9:15 p.m.

From Sheli Muniz:Sheriff's candidate Richard Roundtree checking results.

9:05 p.m.
The scene at the Silas campaign:

The scene at the McLeod campaign:

Richmond County Sheriff (Dem) (29 percent reporting):
Richard Roundtree 47%
Scott Peebles 40%
Robbie Silas 8%
John Ivey 5%

8:45 p.m.
Richmond County Sheriff (GOP):
Freddie Sanders 76%
Mike Godowns 24%

Richmond County Sheriff (Dem):
Richard Roundtree 49%
Scott Peebles 37%
Robbie Silas 7%
John Ivey 6%

8:15 p.m.

Some updates on some key races:

Richmond County Sheriff (GOP):
Freddie Sanders 74%
Mike Godowns 26%

Richmond County Sheriff (Dem):
Scott Peebles 54%
Richard Roundtree 33%
John Ivey 8%
Robbie Silas 5%

Yes 59%
No 41%

U.S. House, District 12 (GOP):
Lee Anderson 47%
Rick Allen 25%
Wright McLeod 19%
Maria Sheffield 8%

7 p.m.
Polls close across Georgia. Results are starting to come in!

5 p.m.
As voters gathered at precincts across the state to vote in the Georgia Primary on Tuesday, candidates in local races did some last-minute campaigning.

Wright McLeod waves to drivers. He is fighting against three others for Georgia's 12th Congressional District.

Richmond County sheriff candidate Richard Roundtree's team battles the rain.

Scott Peebles, Richmond County sheriff candidate, campaigns on Tuesday.

Richmond County sheriff candidate John Ivey campaigns on Tuesday.