53.73 percent of Seminole County’s 5,691 regular registered voters cast a vote in the November 8th General Election and a majority of them voted in favor of the TSPLOST referendum with 1,641 votes for yes to 1,226 votes for no.
TSPLOST will be a continuation of a special one percent (1%) sales and use tax collected over the next five years that will generate an estimated amount of $5,500,000.00 to be used for transportation infrastructure purposes in Donalsonville, Iron City and throughout all of Seminole County. 65.62% of that amount will be earmarked for use Seminole County, 30.97% for use in the City of Donalsonville and 3.41% for use in the Town of Iron City.
With no contested local races on the ballot Seminole County voters turned their attention and directed their voters to the candidates of their choice in district, state and Congressional races. In the race for U.S. Senate, Seminole County voters cast 2,151 votes for Republican Herschel Walker and 827 votes for Democratic Incumbent Raphael Warnock. As of press time this race was too close to call statewide with no candidate receiving 50 percent of the vote plus one vote margin of victory to avoid a runoff. Warnock with 49.4% of the statewide vote, and Walker with 48.5% are headed for a runoff set for December Tuesday, December 6.
In the race for U. S. House of Representatives District 2, Seminole County voters preferred Republican challenger Chris West over Democratic Incumbent Sanford Bishop, 2,162 to 859. District wide, Bishop bested West by more that 20,000 votes and retained his seat in in the House.
In the race for State House of Representatives District 154 local voters preferred Republican Incumbent Gerald Greene over Democratic challenger John Hayes 2,264 to 736. District wide Greene defeated Hayes 11,891 votes to 9,172.
Tyler Harper was Seminole County’s choice for State Agriculture Commissioner with 2,238 votes compared to challenger Nakita Hemingway with 734 votes. Harper won the race statewide as well.
In the race for Governor Seminole County voters preferred Incumbent Republican Brian Kemp over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams 2,254 to 773.
Statewide Kemp defeated Abrams 54% to 46% and was returned to office for a second term.
All votes totals are unofficial until certified by the Georgia Secretary of State.