Hufstetler was vying against David Doss and Hayden Collins for the Republican nomination. There’s no Democrat in the race, so his name will appear alone on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Larry Maxey won the County Commission post 4 special election with 5,592 votes, 56.51 percent. Jerry Lee got 4,273 votes, 43.18 percent.
Garry Fricks is the winner of the County Commission post 2 race with 4,500 votes, 53 percent of the votes. Roger Wade got 3,991 votes, 47 percent. Fricks will go on to face Democratic challenger Gary Harrell.
Rhonda Wallace won the County Commission post 1 seat with 5,934 of the votes, 57.54 percent.
Nathan Roberts took 4,351 votes, 42.19 percent.
A problem with the machines at the Floyd County elections office delayed the reporting of the votes for a couple of hours.
Over at The Forum, two other groups of Republicans were eagerly awaiting Floyd County results that were not even trickling in by 9 p.m. Everybody was asking what the problem is when other counties were reporting already.
The Northwest Georgia TSPLOST has failed. So far the vote total is 39,261 yes to 80,750 no.
About 25 people were crammed into the Floyd County GOP headquarters on Broad Street shortly after 8 p.m. Senate District 52 candidate Hayden Collins and his wife Sandra stopped by to check in. Collins said they were going to be making the rounds in Floyd and Bartow counties. The district also includes parts of Gordon and Chattooga counties.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey won by a significant margin in the race for district 11.
Click here to visit RomeFloyd.com and see the precinct by precinct results as they come in.
The general election ballot for Georgia's 14th Congressional District is set after two uncontested party primaries.
Freshman Rep. Tom Graves, a Republican from Ranger, will carry his party's banner in the fall. He will be a heavy favorite over little-known Democrat Daniel "Danny" Grant, an electrician from Fort Oglethorpe.
The 14th District combines the western portion of Graves' current district and parts of the 11th District. The 14th District boundaries include Dalton, Rome, Dallas and Cedartown.
The rainy weather doesn't appear to have a dampened the mood of local voters.
Nearly 200 citizens had turned out to cast their ballots at Alto Park Elementary just before 11:30 a.m., and poll worker Mary Jane Nordeman said more people were in line.
"It’s a little busier than we expected," she said.
Shortly before 6 p.m. at the Rome Civic Center, where two precincts are voting, 360 voters had cast ballots in the Town Rome precinct, and 385 voters had voted in the North Rome precinct.
Approximately 100 ballots had been cast at New Armuchee Baptist Church Christian Life Center by midday, and about 327 voters had stepped in to the booth the Etowah Park location. Poll workers at Hollywood Baptist Church reported about 225 people had voted there.
Today is the last chance for voters to weigh in on the party primaries, special elections, TSPLOST transportation sales tax package and other ballot questions.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
General precincts were opened during the early voting period, but Floyd County Elections Supervisor Evon Billups said voters must go to their assigned precincts today if they want to cast a ballot.
“We can’t take your vote at the elections office,” she said. “And if you haven’t filed a change of address with us, you have to go to your old precinct. We can’t do anything about it on Election Day.”
July 2 was the deadline to register or file name or address changes for today’s election. Voters have until Oct. 9 to register for the Nov. 6 general election, but a number of local contests will effectively be decided today.
More than 400,000 voters in Floyd and the 14 other Northwest Georgia counties are eligible to cast ballots on the proposed $1.4 billion TSPLOST — and the majority vote will decide the issue for the region.
No Democrat is running for the state Senate District 52 seat, so the winner of the Republican primary — Chuck Hufstetler, David Doss or Hayden Collins — will be alone on the November ballot.
Floyd County, with 45,498 registered voters, comprises the majority of the district, but parts of Bartow, Chattooga and Gordon counties also are included.
Floyd County voters also will pick two County Commissioners in a special election. The winners will take office in August.
Billups said vote totals won’t be certified until Friday, the deadline for overseas ballots to be returned. But she’s not expecting the local numbers to differ much from the results reported tonight.
“We’ve already gotten back most of the ones we’ve sent out. We’ve even gotten them back from Africa,” she said.
The Rome News-Tribune website will be reporting precinct-by-precinct election day totals as they are counted.
What you need to vote
Alto Park — Alto Park Elementary School, 528 Burnett Ferry Road
Armuchee — New Armuchee Baptist Church Christian Life Center, 5385 Martha Berry Highway
Barkers — Renaissance Marquis, 3126 Cedartown Highway
Cave Spring — Cave Spring Community Center, 10B Georgia Avenue
Chulio — Spring Creek Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2636 Chulio Road
East Lindale — Hollywood Baptist Church, 112 Lombardy Way
East Rome — Floyd County Health Department, 16 E. 12th St.
Etowah — Senior Adult Recreation Center, 1325 Kingston Road
Everett Springs — Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, 2341 Everett Springs Road
Floyd Springs — Floyd Springs Baptist Church, 1469 Floyd Springs Road
Foster’s Mill — West Floyd Ruritan Club, 146 Livingston Road
Garden Lakes — Anthony Recreation Center, 2901 Garden Lakes Blvd.
Glenwood — Thornton Recreation Center, 102 North Floyd Park Road
Howell — Flint Hill Baptist Church, 111 Morris Road
Mt. Alto North — Garden Lakes Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 2200 Redmond Circle
Mt. Alto South — Fellowship Baptist Church, 314 Burnett Ferry Road
North Carolina — Coosa High School, 4454 Alabama Highway
North Rome — Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive, Jackson Hill
Riverside — Riverside Baptist Church, 48 Ash St.
South Rome — Lovejoy Baptist Church, Joy Life Center, 436 Branham Ave.
Texas Valley — Armuchee Baptist Church, 6648 Big Texas Valley Road
Town Rome — Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive, Jackson Hill
Vann’s Valley — VFW Post 4911, 2623 Cedartown Highway
Watters — Scout Hut Center, Gaines Road and First Street, Shannon
West Lindale — Gilbreath Recreation Center, 106 Garden Ave.
Northwest Georgia Proposed TSPLOST
Total: $1.4 billion
Length: 10 years
Regionwide: $18 million
Transit operations, Program management costs.
Floyd County: $151.7 million
Reconstruction of Ga. 101 to Polk County line; Ga. 140 widening from U.S. 27 to Ga. 53; Discretionary funds: $36.3 million.
Bartow County: $182.6 million
I-75 interchange reconstruction at Cass-White Road; Douthit Ferry Road improvements; Emerson Old Alabama Road widening; Relocation of Ga. 20 from I-75 to Ga. 61/U.S. 411; Richards Road railroad crossing improvements; Ga. 140 widening from Ga. 53 in Floyd County to U.S. 41; Stamp Creek Road at U.S. 411 intersection improvements; U.S. 411 Connector; Widen U.S. 41 from Main Street to Ga. 61; Discretionary funds: $39.7 million.
Chattooga County: $8.6 million
Taliaferro Springs Road bridge replacement; York Road bridge replacement; sidewalk construction and repairs (6 projects); Ga. 48 passing lanes; Discretionary funds: $21.6 million.
Gordon County: $67.7 million
North Wall Street improvements; South Calhoun Bypass; intersection improvements at Ga. 225, Ga. 136 and Pine Chapel Road; Ga. 3/U.S. 41 widening; Ga. 53 widening; Discretionary funds: $24.2 million.
Polk County: $83.4 million
Marquette Road improvements; Reconstruction of Ga. 101 to Floyd County line; Discretionary funds: $22.1 million.
Walker County: $37.7 million
Crow Gap Road bridge; Euclid Road bridge; Glass Mill Road bridge; Hog Jowl Road bridge; Five Points Road/Osburn School Road intersection improvement; Johnson Road improvements; Old Lee School Road bridge; Ga. 341 sidewalks; Vulcan Road bridge; Wilson Road Connector to Tennessee state line; Discretionary funds: $29.7 million.
Catoosa County: $53.6 million
Candy Lane Extension; Dietz Road widening; Mack Smith Road widening and enhancements; Mineral Avenue widening; South Cedar Lane widening; Ga. 151 passing lanes, U.S. 41 milling at CSX underpass; Discretionary funds: $19.8 million.
Dade County: $28.1 million
New interchange on Interstate 59 North; Discretionary funds: $10.4 million.
Whitfield County: $136 million
Airport Road improvements; Dawnville Road widening; East Morris Street improvements; Glenwood Avenue, Hawthorne Street and Tyler Street turn lanes; Hill Road improvements; I-75 ramp improvements; I-75 interchange reconstruction; I-75 roundabout; Ga. 2 improvements; Ga. 201 at Ga. 2 intersection improvements; Ga. 201 realignment at U.S. 41; Ga. 201 widening; Ga. 71 widening; Underwood Road improvements; Veterans Drive extension; Discretionary funds: $37.2 million.
Paulding County: $164.2 million
Macland Road widening; Fiber optic traffic monitoring system and traffic control center; Ga. 61 improvements; U.S. 278 widening; West Dallas bypass; Xpress regional commuter service; Discretionary funds: $43.3 million.
Fannin County: $39.2 million
Old Highway 76 reconnection, Passing lanes on Ga. 60 Spur; Ga. 5 widening; Discretionary funds: $17.3 million.
Gilmer County: $34 million
John Teem Road Connector; Ga. 282 realignment; Ga. 52 Ellijay North Bypass; Discretionary funds: $17.7 million.
Haralson County: $34.7 million
Pedestrian and bike improvements on Business 27 South, Ga. 100 and Ga. 120; Ga. 120 West improvements; U.S. 27 railroad grade separation; U.S. 78 improvements; Wall Street/U.S. 78 intersection improvement; Discretionary funds: $19.3 million.
Murray County: $33.2 million
Bridge replacement at Dennis Mill Road and Rock Creek; Chestnut Street and Old Federal Road realignment; U.S. 411/U.S. 76 and Jackson Lake Road intersection improvement; Phase II bike lanes; Ga. 225/Spring Place Bypass; Ga. 225 roundabout; Ga. 225 improvements at Fox Bridge Road; Ga. 225 Phase II; Ga. 286 improvements at Cobb Road and Tom Gregory Road; Discretionary funds: $17.1 million.
Pickens County: $42.1 million
Camp Road extension; Ga. 515 improvements; Ga. 53 Business improvements; Discretionary funds: $15.3 million.
Source: Northwest Georgia Regional Commission
The following races will appear on all ballots, along with the regional transportation sales tax (TSPLOST) question:
Judicial candidates are incumbents and have no challengers
Chief Magistrate Gene Richardson
Probate Court Judge Steve Burkhalter
Superior Court Judge J. Bryant Durham
Superior Court Judge John E. (Jack) Niedrach
Supreme Court of Georgia Carol W. Hunstein
Supreme Court of Georgia Harold D. Melton
Supreme Court of Georgia Hugh P. Thompson
Court of Appeals of Georgia Keith R. Blackwell
Court of Appeals of Georgia Michael P. Boggs
Court of Appeals of Georgia Stephen Dillard
Court of Appeals of Georgia John J. Ellington
Court of Appeals of Georgia M. Yvette Miller
Court of Appeals of Georgia Herbert Phipps
Shall Floyd County’s transportation system and the transportation network in this region and the state be improved by providing for a 1 percent special district transportation sales and use tax for the purpose of transportation projects and programs for a period of ten years?
(To fill the unexpired term of Chad Whitefield)
Rhonda Wallace (R)
Nathan Roberts (R)
(To fill the unexpired term of Eddie Lumsden)
Larry Maxey (R)
Jerry Lee (R)
Voters must choose either a Democrat or Republican ballot for the party primary elections:
Daniel “Danny” Grant
Barbara Massey Reece (I)
Leigh Patterson (I)
Tim Burkhalter (I)
Barry Henderson (I)
Barbara Penson (I)
Gary D. Harrell
George Bevels (I)
(To succeed Chuck Eaton)
Non-binding Democratic Party questions
Should the Georgia Constitution be amended to allow the state to override locally-elected school boards’ decisions when it comes to the creation of charter schools in your county or city?
Do you support ending current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?
Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home energy costs to support the economic security of our families?
Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on Made in Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?
Tom Graves (I)
David Doss, Hayden Collins, Chuck Hufstetler
Katie Dempsey (I)
Christian Coomer (I)
Kevin Payne (I)
Garry Fricks (I), Roger Wade
Irwin Bagwell (I)
Brian Barcomb (I)
(To succeed Chuck Eaton)
Chuck Eaton (I)
(To succeed Stan Wise)
Stan Wise (I)
Non-binding Republican Party questions
Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?
Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?
Should active duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons license?
Should Citizens who wish to vote in a primary election be required to register by their political party affiliation at least thirty (30) days prior to such primary election?
Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency?
* Only voters in the appropriate district will receive ballots listing the race