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McKinney Wins Republican Nomination
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

August 10--  A man who made his campaign headquarters in downtown Vidalia won the Republican runoff for the 12th Congressional District Tuesday.

ImageRay McKinney of Lyons took over 60% of the vote over Carl Smith of Thunderbolt. "We 're pretty excited.  Everybody's pumped up and put in a lot of work.  You can be confident, but not over confident, and this just proves the hard work paid off," he said.

McKinney won 20 of the 22 counties in the district and won in Toombs County 1,333 to 195; Montgomery County 496 to 123, Treutlen County 118 to 46; Emanuel County 708 to 154; Tattnall County 489 to 466 and Candler County 461 to 125.  The only counties Smith won were Baldwin County and Washington County on the northern edge of the district.

McKinney will now face Democrat incumbent Congressman John Barrow of Savannah in the November general election.

"I think this election is going to come down to the message.  John's message is loud and clear.  He's voting for more taxes, more spending and bigger government.  I am for less spending, less taxes, protecting our liberties and creating jobs.  That's a clear decision people and come November I think people will choose less taxes, less government and more jobs," McKinney believes.

In the Republican primary for Governor, Nathan Deal won all of the surrounding counties except Tattnall and Emanuel which were won by Karen Handel.  

Deal won in Toombs County 848-729; Treutlen 105 to 75; Montgomery County 352 to 283; Appling 939 to 508; Candler 324 to 300 and in Wheeler 130 to 68.

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