Troup County, Georgia as whole, see high voter turnout

Published 5:29 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2018

If you flipped on a television set Wednesday morning, there was no way to avoid all of the political talk, as analysts broke down what Tuesday night’s elections meant for each political party and for the nation as a whole. 

On Tuesday, there were some wins for Democrats, some for Republicans, both in state and out of state. Democrats now control the U.S. House, while Republicans upped their lead in the U.S. Senate, something polls projected prior to Tuesday.

As final votes trickle in in Georgia, it appears the governor’s race may continue for a few more days — or even a few weeks, if a run-off is triggered. 

Sort of lost in the shuffle was the most encouraging news from Tuesday evening — Georgians, whether voting blue, red or third party — voted in record numbers. Early voting numbers signaled that this election would see a big turnout, and that trend continued on election day. 

At the time of this writing, nearly 4 million Georgians had voted, with a few ballots left to be counted. In the last governor’s race, just over 2.5 million people voted in Georgia. 

Tuesday’s numbers also compare well to 2016’s general election, when the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was on the ballot. In 2016, just over 4 million people voted in the presidential election. 

The gubernatorial race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp was one of the most talked about in the country, and it’s probably fair to say most years won’t receive the same amount of intrigue or national attention, but the numbers are positive nonetheless. 

In Troup County, 61 percent of registered voters participated in Tuesday night’s election, which is just under 2016’s voter turnout. 

On Dec. 4, it appears there will be a run-off for several positions, including secretary of state, where neither candidate received a majority of the vote on Tuesday. The intrigue won’t be the same statewide, but we do hope voters will again get to the polls.