Marty Harbin is Fayette’s next state senator

GOP candidate Marty Harbin announces his runoff victory to supporters Tuesday night. Photo/Vern Darley.

Harbin overpowers David Studdard by 2,894 votes out of over 15,000 cast

First-time office-seeker Marty Harbin of Tyrone has won the open District 16 state Senate seat now held by Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) by defeating Fayetteville attorney David Studdard by nearly 20 points in the July 22 Republican Primary Runoff election across Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Lamar counties.

In a live interview election night on WKEU in Griffin, Harbin said his initial legislative focus will be on replacing the state income tax with some form of consumption tax and on making the state more welcoming to small businesses.

With no Democrat opponent in the November general election, Harbin will become the District 16 state senator in January. Both the Senate and House remain firmly in Republican control. Chance chose not to seek reelection.

An early supporter of the Tea Party in Fayette, Harbin said he was “running for one reason, and one reason only: To preserve the liberty that our nation was founded on for my children and grandchildren.”

Harbin campaigned as a pro-life candidate, strongly supported the Second and Tenth amendments, pushed elimination of both the state income tax and property tax, and said, “Educational decisions should be made by parents at the local level, not by bureaucrats in Washington.”

The race was marked in Fayette — the largest pool of votes in the district — by dueling robocalls in the final week before the election. One commenter on TheCitizen.com reported receiving up to a dozen automated candidate calls in one day from various candidates in the runoff.

Harbin, owner of an insurance agency in Fayetteville, never trailed in the race. He outpolled six GOP candidates — including five from Fayette — in the May 20 primary and clinched the win Tuesday night by leading from the initial precinct reports until the final count before 9 p.m.

Studdard lost in all four counties of the district. In Fayette, 24 of the county’s 36 precincts are in District 16.

Harbin beat Studdard in Fayette, Spalding, Lamar and Pike counties 8,957 (59.6%) to 6,063 (40.3%).

Here are the numbers by county:

Fayette — Harbin 5,127; Studdard 3,017

Spalding — Harbin 2,241; Studdard 1,965

Lamar — Harbin 742; Studdard 422

Pike — Harbin 847; Studdard 659.

Across the four counties, 15,020 voters cast ballots for the state Senate District 16 race.

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Studdard needs to get his litter up...

FYI

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Know who picks those signs up

when the candidate does not? Code enforcement. Another way to whiz on the voters (taxpayers) when you lose.

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Moe - Election debris

You know Moe, when elections are finished I go around a take those signs. The usual wooden stake is great for staking plants of all types, I use to use them for tent pegs too, but that was long ago. I suppose you could use them in case of vampires too!

It usually is the only thing useful we can expect from most elected politicians. So, take advantage of it before they're all gone.

Oh yes, the signs. Well they're great for lining bird cages, cat litter boxes and potty training mats for puppies!

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MLC/PTCO - election signs

They are good for something else, but I guess you'd have to be a right-wing nut job gun-crazy 2nd Amendment freak to know those signs are great for taping on a target and sticking in the ground at the distance of your choice at your local gun range. I bought a rifle a year ago that I don't need at all, but had lusted after with appreciation of a fine piece of workmanship, the Savage .308 10P, a heavy-barrel bolt action with a 4-shot rotary magazine, and I had no intention of buying it when I saw it in a the famous combo NAPA Auto parts store and Barrow Gun Shop in Butler, GA. But when they showed me the delicately soft trigger pull and an affordable Nikon 4x12 scope, I couldn't help myself and brought it home because I do love a finely machined piece of equipment like this one that is called the 10P because police depts use it as a sniper rifle - it is a nail driver. Of course that's hearsay because I have not even fired it yet, and don't tell Mike King but I still have one of his election signs in the back of my truck waiting for a trip to my gun range in Macon (google Marion Road Gun Club) but I am a world class procrastinator and that trip is still pending. I need to take a buddy who was a Marine sniper, and we'll set up Mike's sign at 10 yds for starters then mosey over to the 200 yard range to get serious. And in case I'm making some anti-gun reader nervous about my intent, I wouldn't hurt any person and I haven't hunted since my youth because even though I would kill in a heartbeat to feed my family, I get no pleasure out of killing anything. No, my purpose is merely "gun control," which in my case is the satisfaction of doing things right to achieve a tight group - punching holes very close together in targets held up by election signs. I should gather some while the crop is in the field.
Terry Garlock

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Mr. Garlock - Excellent

use of election debris, I too would like to use them for this but alas my Mossberg 930 SPX Tactical Shotgun would simply make this light weight target unusable.

Here's a review that you may like to read followed by a little clip on its ability at home defense. Every home should have one along with knock down 3" shells equipped with a XRail for a very fast 23 round capacity. An intruder's worst nightmare.

There is no better defensive weapon for this price and I highly recommend it.

www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2010/10/bryan-hyde/gun-review-mossberg-930-spx...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5QTFvnENRc

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PTCO, Garlock- Target Practice

I recognize the value of shotguns for home defense. And the rapid fire video of the Mossberg is impressive. I have a 12 guage myself. But shotguns can be a little unwieldy in close quarters. Besides that I'm an old fashioned revolver kind of guy. Anybody entering this house unlawfully will face a Dan Wesson .357.

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Dude - You

You are correct and though they are unwieldy, especially with a rail, they do take out walls, doors and other objects you put between perps and you, just in case they are determined to pursue you in your home.

After all the Mossberg 950 SPX has a barrel length of 18 inches, the same length as a Remington Model 870 used in rat holes in Vietnam. Now that's close quarters Dude but the Remington and Colt .45 were the preferred weapons in a hole.

However, if all else fails to dissuade them, which is unlikely, a 357 Python awaits them.

The Mossberg tactical shotgun, you simply can't beat it for home defense.

I just hope I never have to use them, but I do practices regularly on all my weapons of choice. Though unlike Mr. Garlock, my collection does not include a long rifle as I don't hunt and I am not into target sports shooting.

I do line my bird cage with political posters though.

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tgarlock

My guess, the new crop that will be coming out for the Nov. election will be plenty, more than plenty to, as PTC O just said, hold you over till the midterms. Of course, by then, the robocalls from the Deal/Carter camps will have caused many of the recipients of said robocalls to have at the very least contemplated, but hopefully not followed through with, using their said weapon of choice on their much beloved land line and obliterated it with gusto after the double, or heaven forbid, triple digit a week ringy dingy. I predict a new phrase coming out of this in Ga.....roborage. Let's hope weapons of choice are locked away as the Nathan-Jason duo have at each other. I won't even bring up the Nunn/Perdue inundation we are about to experience. Oops, I guess I did just bring it up.

Oh, and you could always create new eyebrows or 'staches or even loop earrings on your candidate signs with your newly acquired sharpshooter skills. Have fun and stay clear of those other snipers.

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PTC O You are

a splendid role model. Not only do you save public servant money, you recycle and come up with ideas on how to keep bloodsuckers from our homes.

Not to mention using them for poopies and pippies. Lady Bird is smiling right now. Thanks for the tips. They will come in handy after Nov. 4th, too.

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Moe - You're so

You're so right, November 5th is one of my biggest days! There are so many more signs to gather. Supplies me until the mid-terms.

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Robo Calls

Maybe the voters got tired of all of the robo calls from Studdard?

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Maybe the voters got tired of all of the robo calls from Studdard?

I stated as much in another post. I wasn't going to vote but got so annoyed by the robo calls from Studdard that I did go vote. For Harbin.

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I liked my Robo call

I liked my robo call from Mr. Barlow telling me to vote for Studdard because he has an A rating on a rifle. Dang, I'll be sure to put that on my checklist regarding things to look for in someone voting on our laws. LOL

Still can't figure out why he was pushing for Studdard and not fellow Tea Party member Harbin.

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