SPLOST passes

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Morgan County voters approved the new SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) by a wide margin Tuesday evening. A total of 62.36 percent of Morgan voters (1809 ballots) opted to renew the next six-year-long SPLOST, a one-penny sales tax to fund capital outlay projects for Morgan County and municipalities.

Morgan Republican voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for sitting U.S. Congressman for District 10 Jody Hice, who earned 81.68 percent (1623 ballots) of the vote. Morgan County Democratic voters were split between two Democratic candidates for District 10: Chalis Montgomery, who earned 43.28 percent (322 ballots) of the vote and Tabitha Johnson-Green, who earned 39.38 percent (293 ballots) of the vote.

Morgan voters favored Republican candidates for Governor Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle and Democratic candidate for Governor Stacey Abrams. Kemp earned 43.64 percent (919 ballots) of the Morgan vote and Cagle earned 32.24 (679 ballots) percent of the Morgan vote.  Abrams earned 76.25 percent of the Morgan vote.

Several local races were uncontested with State Senator Burt Jones (R) earning 1716 votes, State House District 112 Representative Dave Belton (R) earning 1730 votes, County Commissioner for District 1 Donald Harris receiving 296 votes, County Commissioner for District 2 Andy Ainslie receiving 375 votes, Board of Education District 4 Member Andy Ainslie III receiving 387 votes, and Board of Education District 5 candidate Forest Pagett receiving 375 votes.

For complete results of Tuesday’s primary election please visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov.

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