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POSTED: May 23, 2014 1:04 p.m.
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Brunswick businessman Jeff Jones won state House 167th District seat during Tuesday's primary voting.

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Brunswick businessman Jeff Jones defeated Tony Thaw on Tuesday to win the state House of Representatives 167th District seat, which includes portions of Long, McIntosh and Glynn counties. Unofficial results show that Jones took 55 percent of the vote (3,012 votes) to Thaw’s 45 percent (2,425). Jones replaces Jeff Chapman, who ran for the U.S. House 1st District seat, which was vacated by Jack Kingston.
Long voters, however, favored Thaw, who garnered 64 percent (291) of the vote in the county compared to Jones’ 36 percent (164). Jones, a Republican, can take his seat following Tuesday’s primary since there was no Democratic opposition for the office.
In the U.S. Senate race, Long County voters overwhelmingly supported business woman Michelle Nunn on the Democratic ticket and Congressman Jack Kingston on the Republican ticket. Nunn received 77 percent of vote (101), while Kingston took 70 percent (348). Nunn won the state race, so she will be the Democrats’ candidate in November. However, on the Republican side, Kingston and businessman David Perdue are slated for a runoff election. Across the state, Perdue took approximately 30 percent of the Republican vote, and Kingston garnered 26 percent.
Gov. Nathan Deal took 72 percent (346) of the vote on the Republican ticket, and in November will face Democratic challenger Sen. Jason Carter, who had no opposition in the primary.
In the U.S. House of Representatives 1st District race, Long County voters supported Republican Buddy Carter, who took 51 percent of the vote (246), and Democrat Amy Tavio, who received 44 percent (54). However, both parties will stage runoffs, pitting Tavio against Brian Reese and Carter against Bob Johnson.
In the state school superintendent race, a runoff also is required by both parties. On the Democratic side, Alisha Morgan will face Valarie Wilson, and on the Republican side, Richard Wood will take on Michael Buck. Buck was the top vote-getter in Long County for the Republicans, bringing in 30 percent (112) of the votes, while Wilson garnered the most for the Democrats with 33 percent (42).
All runoff elections will be held July 22, and the general election is Nov. 4.
“I thought the turnout was good. It actually was a little better than we expected, especially in the Rye Patch area,” Long County elections supervisor Kierra Hamilton said.

Brunswick businessman Jeff Jones defeated Tony Thaw on Tuesday to win the state House of Representatives 167th District seat, which includes portions of Long, McIntosh and Glynn counties. Unofficial results show that Jones took 55 percent of the vote (3,012 votes) to Thaw’s 45 percent (2,425). Jones replaces Jeff Chapman, who ran for the U.S. House 1st District seat, which was vacated by Jack Kingston.
Long voters, however, favored Thaw, who garnered 64 percent (291) of the vote in the county compared to Jones’ 36 percent (164). Jones, a Republican, can take his seat following Tuesday’s primary since there was no Democratic opposition for the office.
In the U.S. Senate race, Long County voters overwhelmingly supported business woman Michelle Nunn on the Democratic ticket and Congressman Jack Kingston on the Republican ticket. Nunn received 77 percent of vote (101), while Kingston took 70 percent (348). Nunn won the state race, so she will be the

 

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