By Tia Lynn Ivey
Morgan County voters overwhelmingly voted for Republican Incumbent Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
However, Democratic Challengers Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock gained ground in a “red” stronghold county like Morgan.
Statewide results were not yet reported as of press time on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Perdue earned 7,727 votes in Morgan County, while Ossoff earned 3,093.
Loeffler earned 7,693 votes in Morgan, while Warnock earned 3,125 votes.
Ossoff and Warnock came close to President Elect Joe Biden’s totals in Morgan this past November. Biden earned 3,353 votes in Morgan County against President Trump’s 8,231 votes. Perdue and Loeffler also came close to November’s turnout, earning about 500 votes less than Trump did. The Senate runoff election drew an unually large turnout among both Democrats and Republicans. Out of Morgan County’s 15,059 active registered voters, 10,832 cast ballots in the runoff race, resulting in a 71.93 percent turnout rate.
“Runoff races usually bring out 20 to 30 percent of voters,” said Morgan County Elections Director Jennifer Doran.
But this was no ordinary runoff race. After Biden narrowly won the state of Georgia in November, turning the Peach State “blue” for the first time since the early 1990s, the national spotlight fell on Georgia’s two Senate seats hanging in the balance. The Republican party needs Perdue and Loeffler to keep their seats to retain control of the Senate. If Ossoff and Warnock were to win, the Senate would be split in half between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris casting a deciding vote in the event of a tie.
Morgan County voters also overwhelmingly voted for the Incumbent Republican candidate for Public Service Commission District 4 Lauren Bubba McDonald Jr., who earned 7,721 votes. Democratic Challenger Daniel Blackman earned 3,007 votes.