Troup County equals state average with 10 percent voter turnout

Published 9:14 pm Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Troup County’s voter turnout was low Tuesday night, but it was right in line with the state average and similar to other statewide run-offs over the last decade. 

There were a total of 4,035 voters in Tuesday night’s election, meaning roughly 10 percent of Troup County’s 37,795 registered voters went to the polls. The number was about the same statewide, with 10 percent of voters participating in the election.

The majority of voters cast a Republican ballot, with 3,882 votes cast in the Republican run-off for governor.

While the Republican ballot featured the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state races, the Democratic ballot in Troup County included only the state school superintendent election. There were a total of 340 Democratic voters in Tuesday’s election in Troup County.

The last Troup County run-off was in 2016 and included school board races and the election for U.S. Representative District 3. The numbers were very comparable to Tuesday, as 3,554 Troup County voters cast a ballot in the Drew Ferguson-Mike Crane election that year.   

During the last Republican run-off for governor in 2010, 3,372 votes were cast in Troup County. The 2010 election included current Gov. Nathan Deal facing off with Karen Handel.

On Tuesday night, Brian Kemp defeated Casey Cagle by more than 1,000 votes in Troup County and in a landslide statewide.


A computer error resulted in one of the precincts not uploading correctly Tuesday night, according to Elections Supervisor Andrew Harper. The error was not realized until the media had left Tuesday. The error means that the unofficial Troup County results published in Wednesday’s edition of The LaGrange Daily News were slightly off for each candidate.

Here’s an update on the results from Troup County, which are still unofficial at this point:

Brian Kemp received 2,466 votes to Casey Cagle 1,416 in the Republican governor run-off.

Geoff Duncan received 1,906 votes, edging David Shafer’s 1,858 in the Republican lieutenant governor run-off.

Brad Raffensperger received 2,138 votes to David Belle Isle’s 1,537 in the Republican secretary of state run-off.

Otha Thornton received 227 votes to Sid Chapman’s 113 in the Democratic state school superintendent run-off.