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Republican Runoff in 12th District
Wednesday, 21 July 2010

July 21--  Republican congressional candidate Ray McKinney of Lyons won almost every county in Tuesday's 12th District primary, but was unable to win a majority and avoid a runoff against his closest opponent, Carl Smith of Thunderbolt.

The two will square off in an August 10th runoff with Smith declaring that if he loses, he won't support his fellow Republican against Democrat incumbent Congressman John Barrow who easily defeated Regina Thomas of Savannah in the Democrat primary.

"He's been very dishonest with me personally and with many of the people who support met.  To have a PAC send out a negative mailer calling me a disgraced fire chief is over the line and if people want someone like him to represent the Republican party, they can have him," Smith says.

McKinney claims Smith's position sends  the wrong message, "If somebody says that if I'm not the candidate I'm not going to fight John Barrow, then we all know what that candidate stands for.  I'm here to fight for this district and this country, and I will do what I need to do to defeat John Barrow," McKinney says.

In local races Tuesday, Tombs County incumbent Commissioner Roy Lee Williams beat challenger Kareem Owens by 33 votes in a light turnout in District One.

In Treutlen County, Commissioner Gerald Hooks lost to political newcomer Hugh Brantley who's calling for more respect among citizens.  "We all need to take into account that a person is an individual and all of us in public office need to treat everyone with respect," he said.

There's also a school board runoff slated between Keith Edge and Teresa Hays in District Four, and Demetria Noble beat Ronald Baker by a large margin in District Five.

 
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