Incumbent John Carter and Chuck Moseley are advancing to an Aug. 11 runoff for the Republican nomination for Wayne County sheriff.
Carter, with 2,220 votes, and Moseley, with 1,333 votes, knocked fellow GOP candidates Toby Cameron, with 1,135 votes, and Paul Drawdy, with 1,011 votes, out of the running in the Georgia General Primary Tuesday.
The runoff winner will advance to the Nov. 3 General Election and face Democrat Kevin Johnson, who faced no opposition in his primary.
Wayne’s voter turnout in the General Primary and Nonpartisan General Election was 41 percent (6,876 ballots cast out of 16,787 registered voters) and included heavy absentee voting, as well as early in-person voting.
The election took place against the backdrop not only of pandemic precautions but also the introduction of new voting equipment.
Probate Judge Tammy Thornton said Tuesday night, “Overall, I think things have gone very well. Of course, you’re always going to have an issue here and there.”
She commended her poll workers for their performance Tuesday.
In primary voting for Georgia’s First Congressional District seat, Wayne voters favored incumbent Buddy Carter and Lisa Ring.
On the Republican side, Carter received 4,759 local votes, in comparison with Danny Merritt’s 693 votes and Chuck Yasger’s 50 votes.
On the Democratic side, Ring received 505 local votes, in comparison with Joyce Marie Griggs’ 317 votes and Barbara Seidman’s 144 votes.
(For more election results, see The Press-Sentinel’s website, www.thepress-sentinel.com, Wednesday afternoon.)