2014 Primary Election
ATHENS - Updating the 2014 Primary Election, Nancy Denson soundly defeated the not related Tim Denson to remain mayor of Athens for another term. Final numbers show the mayor got about 60 percent of the 13,652 votes cast. Tim Denson did well in Downtown precincts and handily won the Chase Street School precinct in District 3 but the elder Denson pulled a large majority elsewhere.
In the the four candidate race in District 3, Melissa Link and Rachel Watkins received the highest number of votes and are in the July runoff. Candidates must get over 50 percent of the vote to win.
In District 1, incumbent commissioner Doug Lowry lost to Sharyn Dickerson by a clear 60-40 margin.
In Oconee County, incumbent Margaret Hale and former commissioner W.E. Wilkes are in a runoff for the Post 3 commissioner seat.
In Jackson County, incumbent District 3 Commissioner Bruce Yates lost to challenger Ralph Richardson Junior by 13 votes.
In Congress, 9th district incumbent Doug Collins won easily. In the 10th district Republican race, Mike Collins and Jody Hice face each other in the July runoff.
For U.S. Senator for the republicans, David Perdue and Jack Kingston are in a runoff. Perdue pulled 30 percent of the vote to 26 percent for Kingston. Karen Handel pulled 22 percent for third place. Congressman Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey got about 10 percent each. On the Democratic side, Michelle Nunn easily defeated three other candidates.
Republican Governor Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter move on to face each other in November.