Janet Munda, the county’s election supervisor, said 20.52 percent of Cherokee County voters cast their ballots in the primary Tuesday, which lined up with Munda’s prediction last week of what the turnout would be.
“I predicted 20 to 25,” Munda said Wednesday. “I would have loved to seen a bigger turnout. But it looks like that’s the pattern in primary elections.”
In total, 25,681 of Cherokee’s 125,178 voted in the races for local, state and federal offices.
Last week, Munda also predicted Cherokee County’s turnout would be similar to the rest of the state, as she said is historically the case.
In the end, Cherokee’s showing at the polls was similar to Georgia’s turnout of almost 19.53 percent.
“We were a little bit better,” the elections supervisor said, attributing the small advantage to “some very interesting races” in Cherokee and hard-working candidates, who got their supporters out to the polls.
Cherokee GOP Chairman Rick Davies said Wednesday he was pleased with the turnout, “though I wish it were higher, overall.” All the same, he wished luck to the winners and candidates now readying for runoffs in July.
In addition to Cherokee’s similar turnout to the rest of the state, county voters also made mostly parallel decisions to their fellow Georgians in state and federal races.
One such contest was the crowded race for the 11th District seat in U.S. Congress, which is heading to a runoff July 22. Voters in the district chose former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) and former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr as the front runners. Loudermilk pulled in 37 percent of the vote, while Barr got 26 percent.
The results in Cherokee County — all of which is in District 11 — were comparable, with Loudermilk drawing 40 percent of the votes and Barr taking 27 percent.
The race for the Republican nomination for governor was somewhat the same. In Cherokee, 62 percent of voters picked Gov. Nathan Deal for another term, with challengers of former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State Schools Superintendent John Barge trailing in second and third, respectively.
Statewide, Deal took 72 percent, with Pennington in second and Barge in third.
In the race for the GOP nod for U.S. Senate, though, the results were slightly different in the county.
Former Dollar General CEO David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah will face off in a runoff for the seat July 22, after they overcame five other candidates. Statewide, Perdue got 31 percent of the vote, while Kingston received 26, putting them ahead of third-place candidate former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who received 22 percent.
In Cherokee County, however, Handel came in behind Perdue, with a strong showing of 30 percent to his 31. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta was third in the county with 17 percent. South Georgia-based Kingston came in a distant fourth with 12 percent.