Fayette County primary election final unofficial results

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A new sheriff in town, runoffs in 2 county commission races, change coming to school board

10:32 p.m. — I was saying cautiously the past few days that Sheriff Wayne Hannah could lose, but I never figured how badly he would get beat. Former Sheriff’s Captain Barry Babb will take office Jan. 1 to replace the one-term incumbent Hannah.

Big shifts in power will be coming to the Fayette County Commission and the Board of Education.

Charles Oddo handed incumbent Robert Horgan a big beating in Post 1 of the Fayette County Commission, while comeback-wannabe Jack Smith — the former chairman of the commission — came in third in a 3-person race.

The runoff will be in three weeks between David Barlow and 2nd place finisher Sheila Huddleston for Post 2.

Incumbent Lee Hearn hung in there to draw a runoff slot against top vote-getter Randy Ognio for Post 3 on the commission.

Ga. Tech professor Barry Marchman won a seat on the Board of Education, beating Scott Hollowell by 1,200 votes for Post 1.

Mercer University professor Mary Kay Bacallao beat Gary Griffin by 3,000 votes to face party-switcher and incumbent Terri Smith for the Post 2 seat in November.

Sunday package sales won in unincorporated Fayette, while the same question ended in a tie — 20 to 20 — in tiny Woolsey. Maybe somebody should have been handing out at least one more free beer Tuesday in the south Fayette hamlet.

T-SPLOST went down badly in Fayette. Wonder if the Fayette Chamber of Commerce has a Plan B. No problem: They can share a loser’s beer with former Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele and former commission Chairman Smith — both supporters of the doomed tax. Just don’t try to buy a cold one on Sunday in Woolsey.

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9:49 p.m. — Sheriff: Barry Babb 13,108 votes (64%) to incumbent Wayne Hannah's 7,362 (36%).

Oddo 69%, Horgan 31% ..... Barlow 40%, Huddleston 39%, Smith 21% .... Ognio 43%, Hearn 38%, Stopford 18%

Marchman 57%, Hollowell 43% .... Bacallao 68%, Griffin 32%

McMillian 66%, Ott 34%

Thompson 55%, Sanderson 45%

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More returns 9:34 p.m. — Tax Commissioner Wingo leads Bartlett 68% to 31%.

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I'll be blogging returns as I get them tonight, supplemented by reporters John Munford and Ben Nelms at election offices in Fayette and Coweta counties.

9:15 p.m. — 16% vote counted (11,817 ballots counted). Oddo leads Horgan 70% to 30%. Barlow leads 40%, Huddleston 38%, Smith 22%. Hearn 38%, Ognio 42%, Stopford 18%.

Hollowell 42%, Marchman 58%. Bacallao 68%, Griffin 31%

McMillian 66%, Ott 34%;

Sanderson 43%, Thompson 57%

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9:06 p.m. — Looks like Sheriff Wayne Hannah is in trouble, trailing Barry Babb by nearly 2,000 votes.

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8:52 p.m.: Sunday package sales Fayette, 66% YES to 34% NO

T-SPLOST — NO 79 % to 21% YES

McMillian 66%, Ott 33%

Thompson 56%, Sanderson 43%

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8:29 p.m. — Babb 59%, Hannah 40%

Horgan 30%, Oddo 69%

Barlow 40%, Huddleston 35%, Smith 23%

Hearn 38%, Ognio 42%, Stopford 18%

Hollowell 42%, Marchman 57%

Bacallao 66%, Griffin 33%
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8:22 p.m. — Oddo 2-to-1 ahead of Horgan;

8:20 p.m. —Westmoreland whupping Kingsley and the other guy 2-to-1 at this point. He looks likely to escape without a runoff.

8:12 p.m. — Potential upset in the making? Barry Babb leads incumbent Sheriff Wayne Hannah in very early returns.

madmike
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Go Hearn? What is wrong with you...

This guy lied through his teeth to get his cousin a position on the election board recommending him as "a friend from church." I don't care if his opponent is a bumbling baboon... there is no place for Hearn in our local government, period.

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Lesser of 2 evils

Ognio will never be a leader or an articulate persuader, but he won't be sneaking relatives in to get jobs and I doubt he'll be voting for any million dollar road boondoggles.

Hearn, on the other hand will powerless under Chairman Brown to do much damage, but he can be somewhat knowledgable about the inner workings of the county. Remember, the other 4 are guaranteed to have 2 brand new rookies and 2 who have only served 2 years as outsiders.

Not a fan of either, but keep your eyes wide open.

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I get that Dead DJ

and you are on target. I just think there has to be repercussions for a government official, especially an elected one, who deliberately lies to the public to achieve his personal goals. If we accept that with a county commissioner, the next thing you know the Mayor of Peachtree City might start behaving that way.

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Rescuing the BoE sinking ship

Well folks, it looks as if the cabal of Smith and Smola is finally coming to its rightful end. And, there is no doubt whatsoever that Smith will be defeated in a landslide later this year.

Bearden had better come up with a sensible Plan B or he will face the unemployment line, as I believe he should, in the coming new year.

And last but not least, Presberg will be forced to surrender his post as leader of the “joined-at-the-hips” crowd of Smith, Smola, Presberg and Bearden.

The good citizens of Fayette County have spoken and hopefully we can now set about the business of rescuing the sinking ship known as the “Fayette County Board of Education.”

Jim Richter

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WAY TO GO FAYETTE COUNTY!

I'm so proud of my friend and classmate BARRY BABB, who attended 13 years of school with me (starting in kindergarten at Fville First Baptist Church through FCHS Class of 1984)! He is a man of conviction and values with deep roots in this community he loves!

Congratulations as well to Lee Hearn, another man with terrific heart and dedication -- a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Fville First Baptist Church -- who has so unfairly been demonized by the Steve Brown "campaign of hate" in recent years. It speaks volumes that Fayette County voters saw through Brown's self-righteous witchhunt; may Hearn prevail in the runoff!

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Congratulations Barry Babb!!

Congratulations to Barry Babb! I've lived long enough to see that "what goes around comes around." Looking forward to seeing this come around in January!

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T-SPLOST

I never understood why it was expected that people would vote to pay more taxes whether it be 1 penny or a dollar.Not surprisingly it took this referendum to finally get a date for the removal off he Ga. 400 tolls.It will remain to be seen if it actually happens.

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Have the medics on stand-by because I will truly need them if

the toll is actually lifted; especially now that T-SPLOST has failed. I didn't believe our Gov could do it anyway and a lot could have happened between now and 2013. I learned long ago not to believe what politicians promised when they were making promises to get something they wanted. Would be nice to be surprised for once.

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Thank you for the reports.

Thank you for the reports. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Truth Will ...
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We are taking back Fayette County - thank you voters!

Congratulations to all winners!!

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Mr. Drake - Well

Well Mr. Drake, I suppose you will now have to go get a real job. How about paving driveways? With concrete of course.

Let's get a plan going for paying for the roads that we use by paying for the roads that we use. You can sell concrete, just not as much of it.

Good bye Mr. Drake, until we meet again.

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There once was a fella named Drake

There once was a fella named Drake,
Who some thought was a fluke or a fake;
T-Splost he did tout,
And boy could he pout;
When his words fell on a deaf ear.

Tho' he cajoled both night and day,
Not one vote did he change to a "Yea"
He could quote chapter and verse,
But it only got worse;
Til Drake was pulling his hair.

Now the votes have been cast,
T-Splost's in our past;
But Drake promised a treat,
So where should we meet
As he toasts us all with good cheer?

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I think Elf Drake & Reefer Horgan

are possibly sharing some mind altering substances right about now, in an undisclosed location.

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Too Funny!

I think you might be right!

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Too Funny!

I think you might be right!

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Sheriff 2 B Barry

good work. Please get those accident claims down and best of luck to you.

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Sheriff Babb will be fair I know...

and that's exactly why high ranking people on both ends of the building will be packing boxes tomorrow. The new Sheriff will not walk in the door with blinders on. Hope no records dissappear!

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Yep Sheriff Babb will be fair for sure

. . . hope no records dissappear, now thats the second time I've heard that line tonight? uuuuummmmmm? 5 months is a long time though we'll see

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Hearn is hanging...

How many relatives does he have? Geez

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Thanks Cal...

For keeping us updated. Web page is loading slow which means you have a lot of traffic.

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Wow...Babb is doing it!

Voted for him the first time and I am amazed he might just pull a huge upset this time around. Rematches are almost always won by whoever won the first go-round, but this might be an exception.

I am surprised even with the earliest returns that Hearn has a decent chunk of votes. Scary.

McMillan stomping a mudhole into Ott....no surprise at all.

Westmoreland breezes again against real weak opposition. He'll hold that seat until he dies.

Huddleston-Smith-Kook looks like a runoff waiting to happen and it would be great if it comes down to Huddleston vs. Barlow and Smith gone. Of course, the Barlow supporters will then have to smear Huddleston constantly as the sorriest human to ever have lived, but that's how a lot of them operate anyway.

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What about Tax Commissioner ??

Bartlett/Wingo?

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T-splost 73% to 27% NO 8:30pm update

23k against 6k For unless something happens this is going down in flames...

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TSPLOST going to fail in all regions

Despite all the hoopla about just the Atlanta region, voters hit the polling booths all across GA for their own "regions" and different TSPLOST's. They are all overwhelmingly failing. North GA, Middle GA, South, East, West.....obviously it's time for a Plan B as this incarnation was a FAIL.

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Matt Towery Fox 5 Atlanta-Pinhead

Oh Boo Hoo Fox 5 Atlanta's "Political" commentator Matt Towery In tonight's little rant one of the most telling things about his position was when he said.. "You can't advertise T-Splost because it won't pass".
So his suggestion... Pass the tax on the people without telling them.. Wow what Democratic leanings you have there Matt.
The People spoke Matt... we don't care HOW HARD THEY WORKED.. poor Politicians and Corporate leaders.

We are tired of being taxed for Big Government programs... Marta has been and still is mananged very poorly and this was just a bailout for them... Well let them stew in their own juices.

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/video?clipId=7563662&autoStart=true

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Matt Towery - Clueless Idiot

I was watching that broadcast and couldn't believe Towery's analysis. Apparently, according to him, the politicians and businesses behind the TSPLOST "had their hearts in the right place," Georgia voters just aren't sophisticated like those in other states who would readily approve such a tax, and Sonny Perdue made Gov. Deal push for its passage. Of course, Towery didn't mention that most voters didn't trust the politicians and process behind it, but he probably can't fathom that.

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Matt Towery Insults Voters

I watched Fox 5's coverage, too. For him to make excuses for the lobbyists and the special interests and huge sums of money and arrogant politicians who voted for this TSPLOST, and to not even MENTION the tremendous accomplishment the voters were able to create with little to no money, is just a huge insult.

For Fox 5 to have him sit there and applaud the gov. and the mayor of the Atl. and those that tried to cram this down the throats of the voters, well, Matt, you still don't get it. Get your toupee-d hair and plastic surgery nightmare of a face out of the capitol building and come out and meet the voters, the real people who run this state.

Shame on Fox 5.

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Sheriff

Congratulations, Barry! What an historical accomplishment. You & the citizens unseated the incumbent Sheriff. Message sent, message received. Maybe he now understands how NOT to treat people; and realizes how misfeasance results in getting the county/citizens sued.