Politics/Elections

Published on July 23rd, 2014 |

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Beth Beskin handily wins GOP runoff vote for District 54 State House seat

Although there was no voter rush to the polls on Tuesday Beth Beskin was handily elected the Republican nominee in the District 54 Georgia House seat race for the Nov. 4 general election, in a race where her challenger, John McCloskey gave up and endorsed Beskin.

Beskin will face Democrat Bob Gibeling and Independent Bill Bozarth in the November election for the seat that represents most of Buckhead.

Beth Beskin

Beth Beskin

The seat had been held by Rep. Ed Lindsey, who did not seek re-election while running unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lindsey recently resigned the seat to take a post with a new state committee studying transportation funding.

In the only judicial runoff vote of importance to Buckhead residents Jane Barwick handily defeated Shelitha Robertson in the nonpartisan race for retiring Fulton County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Wright’s seat.

In the District 11 U.S. House race, which represents only part of Buckhead, Barry Loudermilk soundly defeated former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr and will replace Republican incumbent Phil Gingrey vacated the post to run for U.S. Senate. Loudermilk is unopposed in November.

Voters in both the Republican and Democratic runoff elections also chose their party’s nominees for State School Superintendent. On the Democrat side, Valierie Wilson defeated Alisha Morgan, while on the Republican side, Richard Woods defeated Michael Buck, although the votes may be close enough to warrant a call for a recount by Buck.

And, in the race that caught the most media attention—both in Georgia and nationally—newcomer David Perdue defeated former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Saxby Chambliss.

Perdue will now face Democrat candidate Michelle Nunn in the Nov. 4 general election.

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