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Posted: August 21, 2012 9:11 a.m.

Runoff races to be decided today

The two remaining primary election races in Newton County will be decided in today's runoff, as what could be a small number of voters determine the fate of the Republican race for the District 5 Board of Commissioners seat and the
Democratic race for the District 113 state representative seat.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Despite having only two races, many voters will be able to participate in one of the races; the only precincts that aren't open today are Brick Store, Down, Newborn and Rocky Plains. However, some precincts are split precincts, meaning voters from two different districts vote at the same precinct. Voters should check their voter registration card or go to the Georgia Secretary of State's My Voter Page, mvp.sos.state.ga.us, to see if they fall in the district of either of the two races.

Early voting was held this past week for the runoff, and, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Newton County voters has cast a total of 475 ballots in the two races, including 267 Democratic votes in District 113 and 208 Republican votes in District 5.

Looking back at primary results
Republicans Ronnie Dimsdale and Levie Maddox are vying for the District 5 commission seat. Each of them received 740 votes in the July 31 primary; a total of 2,483 Republican voted in that race.

Democrats Pam Dickerson, the incumbent, and Sharon Sawyer are running for the District 113 state seat, which will be decided Tuesday as no Republicans are running for the seat. Dickerson captured a total of 1,959 votes in Newton and Rockdale counties to Sawyer's 1,512; a total of 4,656 votes were cast in the primary.

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