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Long Co. results confirm close win
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The official results of last week’s Long County general primary election confirmed the close victory by challenger Sherry Long in the clerk of courts race.

Though incumbent Middleton gained two more votes when the official tally was released Monday, Long still held on to win the race by gathering 50.3 percent (1,115) of the votes compared to Middleton’s 49.7 percent (1,102).

In the other official results of local races, incumbent Becky Fowler defeated challenger Deona Carter in the tax commissioner primary, 1,627 votes to 588. Fowler will run unchallenged in the November election.

The official results also confirmed losses for three incumbents on the county commission.

District 1 challenger Gerald Blocker won with 288 votes to incumbent David Richardson’s 172 votes. In District 2, challenger Richard Long won with 434 votes to incumbent Wallace Shaw’s 126 votes, and District 5 challenger Dwight Gordon defeated incumbent Bobby Walker, 229-191.

In the board of education races, the official results showed District 2 incumbent Dempsey Golden winning over challenger Dr. Carolyn Williamson, 352-272, and District 4 challenger Janet Watford defeating incumbent Linda DeLoach, 324-280.

In the county sheriff’s race, incumbent Craig Nobles won the Democratic primary by taking 1,406 votes. Challenger Frank McClelland Jr. got 704 votes, while James Rogers took 152. The only local Republican candidate, Darrell Balance, was unopposed but took 199 votes and will face Nobles in the November election.

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