Polls open in runoff elections
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 26, 2016
LaGRANGE — Polling opened today for runoff elections for school board and the Republican nominee for Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District.
For the Troup County Board of Education, voters in the board’s District 5 area may choose between educator Cathy Hunt and former THINC academy board chairman John Asbell. On the GOP front, state Sen. Mike Crane is facing former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson to replace outgoing Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, who is not seeking re-election.
The winner of the Republican congressional race will face Democrat Angela Pendley in the Nov. 8 general election. In the Republican-leaning 3rd Congressional District, it’s likely that the GOP nominee will be the eventual winner of the contest. The Board of Education race will decide the final winner; school board seats are nonpartisan.
Early voting ended Friday, with 1,204 early ballots being cast in Troup County, according to Andy Harper, elections supervisor. By comparison, about 2,200 early votes were cast in the Democratic and Republican presidential primary races, he said.
Low turnout was expected districtwide, according to the Associated Press. The Georgia Secretary of State’s office states about 20 percent of registered voters turned out for the primary two months ago.