ALBANY While two races will head to runoffs, a look at the unofficial, precinct-by-precinct, voting totals paint an interesting picture of the story behind the totals.
In the mayor's race, local business owner B.J. Fletcher and former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard pulled enough votes to force a runoff on December 6.
Fletcher was the top vote-getter, pulling in 5,144 votes or roughly 39.5 percent of the total vote. According to the precinct break-down, Fletcher's best precincts were Merry Acres Middle School where she got 71 percent of the vote, Covenant Presbyterian Church Precinct, where she got 71 percent of the vote and First Christian Church Precinct, where she got 69 percent of the vote.
Fletcher's worst precincts were Carver Community Center where she got only 8.6 percent of the vote, Jackson Heights Elementary, where she got 10.5 percent and Coachman Elementary, where she pulled in only 10.5 percent.
Hubbard, who finished the race with 4,716 total votes or 36.2 percent of the overall vote, saw her supporters turnout the strongest at Albany Middle School where 50.3 percent of the votes went her way. She also pulled in 48.3 percent of the votes at Westown Elementary School and 47 percent at Jackson Heights.
Hubbard's weakest precincts were at Covenant, where she managed only 20 percent of the vote, Merry Acres, where she got 22 percent of the vote, and First Christian Church where she pulled in only 24.4 percent of the vote.
Former State Representative John White, who managed to force a runoff between the other two candidates by pulling 24.1 percent of the total votes or 3,138 overall votes, saw his strongest turnout come from Carver Community Center, pulling 52.7 percent of the vote. White also managed to get 46 percent of the vote from the Saints/Christ Church precinct, 44.3 percent of Mt. Zion Baptist Precinct and 37 percent of Westown.
The precincts that ultimately sank White's chances at becoming mayor were Merry Acres, where he bottomed out at six percent of the vote, First Christian Church where he pulled in only 6.1 percent of the vote, and Covenant, where he scraped up only 8.7 percent of the vote.
In the other runoff from the evening, the Ward VI race, incumbent Commissioner Tommie Postell pulled in 896 total votes which were good enough for 47 percent of the total vote. His strongest precincts were Saints/Christ Church where he picked up 51.7 percent of the vote and Westown, where he got 50.2 percent of the vote. But it was Mt. Zion that likely meant the difference in the race, giving him 47.6 percent, or 450, of its votes.
Former Dougherty County Commissioner Victor Edwards, who will face Postell in the runoff after getting 561 votes or 29.4 percent of the overall ballots cast, performed best at Mt. Zion, where he got 34 percent of the vote. Behind that, he picked up 27 percent of the votes cast at Bill Miller Center and 26.8 percent of the votes cast at Alice Coachman Elementary.
Political Newcomer Kowana McKinney ended the evening with 23.3 percent of the overall ballots or 444 votes. She did best at ASU HPER GYM, 36.9 percent, and Bill Miller, 32.7 percent.
In a controversial Ward II race where disqualified candidate Cheryl Calhoun still managed to snag 247 total votes, Rev. Ivey Hines has emerged as the would-be commissioner after adjusted percentages put him over the 50 percent-plus-one-vote mark needed to secure the seat.
After elections officials declared Calhoun's votes null and void, Hines unofficial final tally put him at 51.5 percent of the votes cast in the race, or 567 votes. Hines did best at Jackson Heights where he 60 percent of the vote or 354 actual votes. Hines also had the majority of the votes at Albany Middle School where he picked up 55.1 percent of the votes.
While she still may contest the race, unofficially, Strother received 47.5 percent of the total adjusted vote or 523 actual votes.
Palmyra Road turned out for her, giving her better than 65 percent of its votes.
The majority of Calhoun's votes came from Jackson Heights, where she received 107 votes.
As for Sunday Sales question, 51 percent of voters within the city limits or 6,717, voted the measure down.
Of the 18 precincts eligible to vote on that question, 13 voted a majority "No."
In the only county-wide question of the evening - should the Dougherty County School System be allowed to renew a one-percent sales tax for education - 58.7 percent of the electorate voted in support of the measure or 8,861 while 41.3 percent voted against.
In total, 21 of 28 precincts voted to renew the sales tax, which is expected to generate roughly $100 million over the next five years.
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