By Michael Jacobs
After a primary election, a primary runoff and a general election, Fulton County citizens have one more chance to vote: a general election runoff Dec. 2.
The marquee matchup on the ballot is the U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin. Although Secretary of State Karen Handel had not certified the results and the need for a runoff at press time, both candidates were proceeding with the certainty that their campaigns would go on.
According to unofficial results from Handel’s office, Chambliss was about 10,000 votes short of the majority required to avoid a runoff. With 99 percent of the votes counted, he had 1,866,612, or 49.8 percent, to Martin’s 1,756,864, or 46.8 percent. Libertarian Allen Buckley’s 127,974 votes forced the runoff.
Fulton County, however, was much friendlier to Martin. With all precincts counted in the county, the Democrat received 249,201 of 393,059 votes cast (63.4 percent), compared with 131,438 (33.4 percent) for Chambliss.
The Senate race won’t be alone on the runoff ballot in Fulton.
The nonpartisan eight-candidate field for the Fulton Superior Court judgeship being vacated by Thelma Wyatt Cummings-Moore has been narrowed to two: Kimberly Esmond Adams (www.electadamsjudge.com), who is Fulton’s chief senior assistant district attorney, and Mike Wallace (www.judgemikewallace.com), who is a part-time magistrate judge and fill-in Superior Court judge in Fulton and a municipal judge in Roswell and Alpharetta.
Adams, whose name was first on the ballot, led the field with 55,125 votes (20 percent). Wallace, whose name was last, received 46,236 votes (16.8 percent), edging out Patricia Jackson (44,988 votes, 16.4 percent).
In the seven-way race to succeed John Ruffin on the Georgia Court of Appeals, Sara Doyle with 619,722 votes (22.5 percent) and Mike Sheffield with 573,821 (20.9 percent) appear headed to a statewide runoff. With all but a handful of precincts in, Tamela Adkins was third with 527,109 votes (19.2 percent). Adkins topped the field in Fulton with 75,389 votes, while Doyle was second with 58,824 and Sheffield was third with 44,768.
Also sure to be on the runoff ballot is the contest to succeed Public Service Commissioner Angela Elizabeth Speir, thanks to the 4.9 percent of the vote received by Libertarian Brandon Givens. Democrat Jim Powell (47.9 percent) will face Republican Lauren McDonald Jr. (47.2 percent) again Dec. 2. Powell got 63.4 percent of Fulton’s votes.
For full results of the Nov. 4 voting in Fulton County — including the election of Democrat Theodore Jackson as sheriff, the re-election of Judge Jackson Bedford to the Fulton Superior Court against Keisha Lance Bottoms, and the approval of the county library bond — visit the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections online at www.fultoncountyga.gov/county/elections/images/stories/NovemberElectionSummary.pdf.