Live Blog: Roundtree wins Democratic Richmond Co. sheriff runoff; Anderson takes 12th District

By: Kara Apel Email
By: Kara Apel Email

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Today is the day candidates will find out if they will move forward to the next step of their campaigns.

Some of the biggest races we're following today include the races for Democratic Richmond County sheriff and the Republican 12th Congressional District.

To see our coverage from throughout this election season, click here.

11:20 p.m.

The unofficial vote count is in and it looks like it will be Democrat Richard Roundtree versus Republican Freddie Sanders in the general election for the sheriff race.

"I'm tired, but I'm excited," Roundtree said to News 12's Laura Warren.

He says opponent Scott Peebles called him tonight and said that he would support them in the campaign.

News 12's Chris Thomas talked to Peebles after votes came in.

"Well, obviously, I'm disappointed. When you decide to throw your hat in the ring, then ... somebody's gotta lose," he said.

Both Peebles and his campaign manager say it's too early to say if they would ask for a recount.

Although Lee Anderson came out on top of the unofficial results, he didn't want to give a comment.

Anderson's campaign manager said, "We're feeling great. It's an exciting night for us. We look forward to moving forward."

His opponent, Rick Allen, lost by 153 votes in unofficial polling numbers.

"If there had not been a sheriff's race, ya know, we'd probably be sitting here with a couple thousand vote lead. But, you know, that's not the case," said Allen to News 12's Katie Beasley.

10:20 p.m.

Unofficial result: Anderson wins GOP race for 12th Congressional District with 50.28 percent -- only 153 votes.

Even with 100 percent reporting, it's still so close:
Lee Anderson: 13,778 -- 50%
Rick Allen: 13,625 -- 50%

Lee Anderson accompanied by former GOP opponents turned supporters Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield.

9:42 p.m.

We've got results in for several races:

Jefferson County Clerk of Superior Court (Dem)
100% reporting
Anne Durden 1,536 -- 60%
Amy Howard 1,014 -- 40%

Jefferson County Tax Commissioner (Dem)
100% reporting
Nancy W. McGraw 1,562 -- 60%
John Brent Dye 1,022 -- 40%

Washington County State Court Judge
100% reporting
John Dana 1,927 -- 60%
Arthur L. Walker 1,301 -- 40%

9:30 p.m.

While the Richmond County sheriff race is counted for, the race for the 12th Congressional District is still too close to call.

With 58 percent reporting:
Anderson: 13,778 -- 50%
Allen: 13,625 -- 50%

Anderson keeping up with results on his phone:

9:25 p.m.

This just in. Unofficial results: Roundtree wins Dem. sheriff race with 447 vote difference over Peebles.

Numbers with 100 percent reporting:
Roundtree: 13,712 -- 51%
Peebles: 13,265 -- 49%

After the unofficial results came in, Peebles admits defeat to his campaign supporters. The race is not close enough for a mandatory recount, but Peebles can still request one if he would like to.

9:15 p.m.

The race for the 12th Congressional District is also tight.

With 53 percent reporting, Anderson has 51 percent and Allen has 49 percent.

9:13 p.m.

The Democratic race for Richmond County sheriff is still tied at 50 percent, with 91 percent reporting.

The vote tally is pretty close. Here are the most recent tallies:
Roundtree: 11,709
Peebles: 11,631

Here's the crowd at Peebles' campaign watching numbers roll in.

9:15 p.m.

Unofficial results: Roundtree wins Dem. sheriff race with 447 vote difference over Peebles.

8:58 p.m.

Rusty Oxford wins the race for Dem. Johnson County sheriff with 53 percent, 100 percent reporting.

Michael Morris captured 47 percent of the vote.

8:55 p.m.

The race for Richmond County sheriff is at a tie with 82 percent reporting.
Richard Roundtree: 10,838 -- 50%
Scott Peebles: 10,689 -- 50%

News 12 has called the race for District 1 of the Columbia County Board of Elections with 92 percent reporting.

David P. Dekle: 2,501 -- 63%
Carolyn Chase: 1,444 -- 37%

8:40 p.m.

Roundtree is still in the lead, this time with 32 percent reporting.

Richard Roundtree (Dem) 6,138 -- 51%
Scott Peebles (Dem) 5,879 -- 49%

Roundtree checking out results on the computer.

8:15 p.m.

Lt. Roundtree has taken the lead in the race for Richmond County sheriff (13 percent reporting):
Richard Roundtree: 1,964 -- 54%
Scott Peebles: 1,682 -- 46%

8:05 p.m.

In the race for Johnson County sheriff (Dem), 75 percent of precincts are reporting.

Michael Morris: 943 -- 50%
Rusty Oxford: 942 -- 50%

7:50 p.m.

With 14 percent of precincts reporting, Anderson is in the lead with 55 percent.

Lee Anderson: 2,935 -- 55%
Rick Allen: 2,356 -- 5%

7 p.m.

Polls are now closed. We'll keep you updated as results roll in!

3 p.m.

In the Democratic Richmond County sheriff race, Cpt. Scott Peebles and Lt. Richard Roundtree are facing off again. In the primary, Peebles earned 47 percent of the vote while Roundtree had 39 percent.

Whoever wins will face off with Freddie Sanders, who scored the Republican nomination by a landslide, taking away 76 percent.

The race for the 12th Congressional District has been heated from the get-go. In the runoff, Lee Anderson and Rick Allen are battling it out to see who will take on Congressman John Barrow in the general election. Allen beat out Wright McLeod for the third spot by just 584 votes.

McLeod dropped out of the race and has since endorsed Anderson. Maria Sheffield, who came in fourth place, has also endorsed Anderson.

Other races we're following tonight include:
-Columbia County Board of Education (District 1): David Dekle vs. Carolyn Chase
-State Senate, District 26 (Dem): David Lucas vs. Miriam Paris
-Jefferson County Clerk of Superior Court (Dem): Anne Durden vs. Amy Howard
-Jefferson County Tax Commissioner (Dem): John Brent Dye vs. Nancy McGraw
-Johnson County Sheriff (Dem): Rusty Oxford vs. Michael Morris
-Washington County State Court Judge: Arthur Walker vs. John Dana
-Hancock County Superior Court Clerk (Dem): Frances Hunt vs. LeShauna Jackson

Polls are still open but stay tuned to News 12 both on the air and online for updates.

Cpt. Scott Peebles campaigning on Tuesday.

Lt. Richard Roundtree campaigning on Tuesday.

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