Runoffs will be needed in two legislative races

[private]Two special elections to fill vacant legislative seats are headed to runoffs while a third General Assembly race was decided by less than 100 votes.

In House District 92, which includes portions of DeKalb and Rockdale counties, late returns had Lithonia comptroller Doreen Carter leading Conyers attorney Sherri L. Washington by a margin of 807-725.

The two Democrats were running to replace Tonya Anderson, who gave up her House seat to run in the special election to replace Ron Ramsey in Senate District 43.

In that Senate race, Anderson and Janice Frey Van Ness will face each other in a Dec. 1 runoff.

Van Ness, a former Rockdale County commissioner and a Republican, polled 37.1 percent of the vote while Anderson, a Democrat, was second with 26 percent support. The remaining vote was divided up among six other candidates.

The five Democratic candidates in the District 43 race had a combined total of 4,546 votes while the three Republicans amassed a total of 3,526 votes. The Democratic-leaning district gave 71 percent of its vote to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential race.

In Columbia County’s House District 122, the Dec. 1 runoff will feature Republicans Jodi Lott of Evans, a registered nurse and co-owner of Evans Rehabilitation Services, and former county commissioner Mack Taylor, an attorney.

Lott attracted 41 percent of the vote Tuesday while Taylor was second with 29.7 percent support. Joe Mullins and Pat Goodwin finished out of the running.

The winner of the runoff election will replace longtime legislator Ben Harbin.

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