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Posted: August 10, 2010 10:37 p.m.

The results are in - State Legislature

Tuesday’s unofficial runoff returns have determined the party candidates competing in the Nov. 2 general elections. A final tally of ballots will be confirmed at a later date. Results from the races concerning Newton County are as follows as of press time:

State Rep. 95 (D)

Pam Dickerson defeated incumbent Toney Collins, taking in 53.3 percent (646) of the votes in the district, with 53.13 percent (263) of the votes in Newton County. Collins managed to score 46.7 percent (566) of the ballots; 46.87 (232) in Newton. Collins took the lead in the primary with 42.9 percent and Dickerson trailed with 33.5 percent. Dickerson faces Republican Rodney Upton in the general election.

State Rep. 110 (R)

Andrew J. Welch III won 54.2 percent (3,336) of the votes, defeating challenger Lee M. Spahos for the Republican nomination. Welch received 60.91 percent (910) of the voters from Newton County; Spahos took in 45.8 percent (2,824) from statewide results and 39.09 percent (584) from Newton. The primary proved to be a close race for both men — Welch snagged 37.5 percent and Spahos grabbed 36 percent. Welch will go up against Democrat Rudy Cox in November.

State Senate 17 (R)

Rick Jeffares defeated Todd Hilton with 60.1 percent (10,708) of the statewide vote, while gathering 47.95 percent (2,888) of Newton County’s votes. Hilton garnered 39.9 percent (7,108) of the statewide ballots; 52.05 percent (3,135) from Newton. In the primary, Jeffares scored 43.5 percent and Hilton received 31.4 percent. Jeffares and Democratic nominee Jim Nichols will battle for the seat previously occupied by Republican John Douglas.

Public Service Commission (R)

Tim Echols emerged as the victor tonight, winning 52.2 percent (240,462) of statewide votes and 31.99 percent (1,940) from Newton County. His opponent, John Douglas, who left his senate seat to run for this position, received 47.7 percent (219,911) of the voters and 68.01 percent (4,125) in Newton. Echols previously received 35 percent of the primary vote and Douglas garnered about 27 percent. Douglas, however, won over Newton voters in the primary as well. Echols and Democrat Keith Moffett will be vying for the open seat on the commission in the general election.

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