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TSS Atlanta: 2016 Georgia General Election Report
11/14/2016

2016 Georgia General Election Report
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General elections were held in Georgia yesterday, November 8th. At the federal level, ten out of the sixteen members of Georgia’s congressional delegation faced general opposition and were able to secure re-election.

At the state level, forty-two of the two hundred and thirty-six members of the General Assembly faced general opposition. In addition to these incumbent races, there were three races to fill open seats in the House and one in the Senate. Voters were also given the opportunity to decide whether or not to approve four constitutional amendments, which were placed on the ballot by the General Assembly. More information about these amendments, as well as highlights from key races in the House and Senate, can be found below. To view results from all of Georgia’s races, please see the Secretary of State’s website.
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Contested Federal Elections

President of the United States

Candidate Party Results
Donald Trump R 51.22%
Hillary Clinton D 45.73%
Gary Johnson L 3.06%

United States Senate

Candidate Party Results
Johnny Isakson (Incumbent) R 54.93%
Jim Barksdale D 40.91%
Allen Buckley L 4.16%

2nd Congressional District

Candidate Party Results
Sanford Bishop (Incumbent) D 61.19%
Greg Duke R 38.81%

3rd Congressional District (Open Seat)

Candidate Party Results
Drew Ferguson R 68.37%
Angela Pendley D 31.63%

4th Congressional District

Candidate Party Results
Hank Johnson. (Incumbent) D 75.69%
Victor Armendariz R 24.31%

5th Congressional District

Candidate Party Results
John Lewis (Incumbent) D 84.54%
Douglas Bell R 15.46%

6th Congressional District

Candidate Party Results
Tom Price (Incumbent) R 61.55%
Rodney Stooksbury D 38.45%

7th Congressional District

Candidate Party Results
Rob Woodall (Incumbent) R 60.45%
Rashid Malik D 39.55%

8th Congressional District

Candidate Party Results
Austin Scott (Incumbent) R 67.73%
James Neal Harris D 32.27%

11th Congressional District

Candidate Party Results
Barry Loudermilk (Incumbent) R 67.49%
James Neal Harris D 32.51%

12th Congressional District

Candidate Party Results
Rick Allen (Incumbent) R 61.61%
Tricia McCracken D 38.39%

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General Assembly Seat Distribution

Senate

Party Previous Current Change
Republican 39 38 -1
Democrat 17 18 +1
Independent 0 0 0

House

Party Previous Current Change
Republican 117 117 0
Democrat 62 63 +1
Independent 1 0 -1

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Key Senate and House Elections
*Denotes Incumbent

Senate District 43

Residents of this eastern Atlanta district had the opportunity to choose between incumbent Senator JaNice VaNess (R – Conyers) and former House member Tonya Anderson, who was the winner of July’s Democratic primary runoff election. Results from this election are as follows:

• Tonya Anderson (D) – 70.42%
• JaNice VaNess* (R) – 29.58%

House District 80

Voters in this Atlanta district were able to choose between incumbent Representative Taylor Bennett (D – Brookhaven) and his Republican challenger Meagan Hanson. Results from this election are as follows:

• Meagan Hanson (R) – 50.52%
• Taylor Bennett* (D) – 49.48%

House District 101

Voters in this metro Atlanta district were able to choose between incumbent Representative Valerie Clark (R – Lawrenceville) and her Democratic challenger Samuel Park. Results from this election are as follows:

• Samuel Park (D) – 51.07%
• Valerie Clark* (R) – 48.93%

House District 138

Voters who went to the polls in this southwestern Georgia district were able to choose between incumbent Representative Mike Cheokas (R – Americus) and his Democratic challenger Bill McGowan. Results from this election are as follows:

• Bill McGowan (D) – 50.84%
• Mike Cheokas* (R) – 49.16%

House District 145

Residents of this central Georgia district were able to choose between Republican Rick Williams and his Democratic challenger Floyd Griffin. This seat was previously held by Representative Rusty Kidd (I – Milledgeville), who declined to seek re-election due to health reasons. Results from this election are as follows:

• Rick Williams (R) – 56.58%
• Floyd Griffin (D) – 43.42%

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Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 1: Opportunity School District

Voters throughout the State of Georgia voted to disapprove amendment one, which would have allowed the state to intervene in chronically failing schools. This amendment was the result of SB 133 and SR 287, passed by the General Assembly during the 2016 session. The legislation aimed to tackle the problem of systematically failing schools and school systems.

Amendment 2: Safe Harbor Fund

The Safe Harbor constitutional amendment was approved by voters. This amendment, which is the result of SB 8 and SR 7 passed during the General Assembly in 2015, creates the Safe Harbor Fund and increases the penalties for those convicted of sex trafficking. Money from this fund will be used to pay for healthcare, housing, and other rehabilitative services for victims of sex trafficking.

Amendment 3: Judicial Qualifications Commission Reform

Voters decided to approve the Judicial Qualifications Commission Reform legislation which was passed by the General Assembly in 2016. This amendment, which is the result of HB 808 and HR 1113, will abolish the current Judicial Qualifications Commission and replace it with a new commission. The primary purpose of this commission, which has been to investigate judicial misconduct, will remain the same. If necessary, they will continue to have the power to discipline or remove judges from the bench. What is changing is the composition and manner of appointment of the seven member commission.

Amendment 4: Dedication of Fireworks Tax Revenue

Georgian’s decided to approve this amendment. This legislation, which is the result of SB 350 and SR 558 passed by the General Assembly in 2016, codifies the allocation of tax revenue derived from the sales of fireworks to trauma care and fire training centers.

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New State Legislators

Senate
• District 19: Blake Tillery (R)
• District 24: Lee Anderson (R)
• District 28: Matt Brass (R)

House
• District 3: Dewayne Allen (R)
• District 6: Jason Ridley (R)
• District 8: Matt Gurtler (R)
• District 25: Todd Jones (R)
• District 52: Deborah Silcox (R)
• District 59: David Dreyer (D)
• District 62: William Boddie Jr. (D)
• District 63: Debra Bazemore (D)
• District 64: Derrick Johnson (D)
• District 72: Josh Bonner (R)
• District 73: Karen Mathiak (R)
• District 80: Meagan Hanson (R)
• District 84: Renitta Shannon (D)
• District 91: Vernon Jones (D)
• District 95: Scott Hilton (R)
• District 99: Brenda Lopez (D)
• District 101: Samuel Park (D)
• District 123: Mark Newton (R)
• District 125: Sheila Clark Nelson (D)
• District 138: Bill McGowan (D)
• District 142: Mariam Paris (D)
• District 145: Rick Williams (R)
• District 162: Carl Gilliard (D)
• District 179: Don Hogan (R)

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