Shane Coley of Winder will face Madison County’s Frank Ginn in the runoff in the State Senate District 47 race.
Coley edged Ginn in the Barrow County vote total (2,296-2,141) but Ginn was the overall first-place winner in Tuesday’s primary with 45 percent of the vote. Kelley Gary was third in Barrow County with 953 votes followed by Doug Bower with 727. Overall in the district, Gary was also third with 17 percent followed by Bower’s 12 percent with 99 percent of the votes being counted Wednesday morning.
The 47th district covers all or parts of six counties including Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe.
“I am pleased and honored by the support I received from the 47th District voters,” Coley said Wednesday morning. “My message is an old one, rooted in the ideas of liberty that our states and nation were founded on. This old message is hard to carry forward because it is not what we normally hear, but it must be heard again for liberty in our nation to survive. I am looking forward to the next three weeks as voters get a chance to hear from myself and the Coley supporters about my experience, knowledge and platform and our vision for liberty and prosperity in Georgia.”
All four candidates campaigned extensively in Barrow County during the past several months with each participating in local forums.
In the final days of the primary race, the battle became somewhat heated with accusations over several issues including illegal immigration being put forth via mailers and at area forums.
With the exception of Barrow County, Ginn carried the remaining five counties in the district.
His wide margin of victory in his home base of Madison County helped give him the first-place finish. Ginn earned 2,204 votes in Madison County with Coley his nearest competition at 437 votes followed by Gary with 331 and Bower with 194.