Savannah native Democrat Raphael Warnock advanced to a run-off against Republican Kelly Loeffler for one of the two spots on the ballot for the U.S. Senate in the state of Georgia, the only state to have two senate spots up for grabs on election night. The other spot, along with the presidency, is still yet to be determined.
Republican Earl L. “Buddy” Carter will be elected to U.S. House First District for a fourth term in Congress, defeating Democrat Joyce Marie Griggs. In Chatham County races Democrat Chester A. Ellis edged out Republican Jason E. Buelterman for the County Commission Chair and Democrat Shalena Cook Jones will be the new Eastern District Attorney, having narrowly defeated Republican Meg Daly Heap.
While most of Georgia’s races on election night were a toss-up, one race in Chatham County was over before it even began, as Gator Rivers won the County Commission District 2 seat after his opponent Tony B. Riley was disqualified from the race following a decision by the Board of Elections regarding a felony drug conviction. Riley finished serving his time for the drug charge on November 11, 2011, while Georgia law states that a person can not run for office if less than 10 years have passed since they have served for a crime of moral turpitude.