Lassetter wins D-2/Blackburn and Stover to meet in runoff

Incumbent District 2 Coweta County Commissioner Tim Lassetter was the clear winner in the July 20 Coweta County Republican Primary. But determining the winner of the District 3 commission seat will have to wait until Aug. 10 when Bob Blackburn and David Stover meet again in the runoff election.

The District 2 race on the Coweta County Commission featured Lassetter and challenger Eddie Wilson. Once the votes from all 10 precincts were counted Lassetter had won the contest with 58.59 percent of the vote compared to 41.41 percent for Wilson. A total of 1,961 votes were cast in the election, with 1,149 going to Lassetter and Wilson receiving 812.

The District 3 commission seat was a three-way race between candidates Bob Blackburn, George Harper, and David Stover. Incumbent Commissioner Randolph Collins opted not to run for re-election.

The District 3 race was close, with Blackburn garnering 1,103 votes, or 37.54 percent, Stover taking 976 votes, or 33.22 percent and Harper receiving 859 votes, or 29.24 percent.

The runoff for the District 3 commission seat between Stover and Blackburn will be held Aug. 10.

In the primary race for governor, Republican candidate Karen Handel took 34.95 percent of local votes, with Nathan Deal a relatively distant second at 23.44 percent and Eric Johnson coming in third with 21.63 percent.

On the Democratic side, gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes blew away the competition, garnering 69.96 percent of Coweta’s vote compared to 20.19 percent received by Thurbert Baker. The remaining five candidates had only single digit results.

In the race for Lt. Governor, Carol Porter swept the Democratic primary with 73.88 percent of the vote. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, (R) ran unopposed.

In the contests for Secretary of State, Democrat Gail Buckner took 37.51 percent of the vote with second place Angela Moore receiving 18.9 percent. And on the Republican side, Brian Kemp swept past Doug MacGinnitie with 60.74 percent of the vote.

In the primary race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Johnny Isakson (R) was unopposed. But on the Democratic ticket, Coweta voters went overwhelmingly for Michael Thurmond, giving him 83.81 percent of the vote compared to 16.19 percent for Rakeim “R.J.” Hadley.

And in the U.S. House race for District 3, incumbent Republican Lynn Westmoreland had no opposition. He will face Democrat Frank Saunders in November.