If you're longing to attend an inaugural ball this year but don't see yourself being able to make it up to Washington, DC, don't fret – the Walton County Democratic Party has got you covered.
MILLEDGEVILLE - Democrat Jim Martin has heard it before: he's too nice to win the big election. But the mild-mannered former state lawmaker has already surprised many by forcing his way into a runoff with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, an incumbent who once seemed invincible.
GAINESVILLE - A parade of political heavyweights came to Gainesville Wednesday to stump for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
With 24 out of 24 precincts reporting, the election results have now been certified by the Newton County Board of Elections. The only county race that had a chance of changing because of close voter margins - the sheriff's race - has not changed. Lt. Ezell Brown remains the sheriff-elect.
Tuesday night was a turning point for Newton County in a number of ways. Not only did voters elect their first female county chair but they also elected the county's first black sheriff.
ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel plans to report Fulton County officials to the state election board for sending workers home with thousands of ballots still uncounted. Handel says the Fulton County tallying of more than 30,000 absentee ballots could have been finished had workers not left early Wednesday morning to rest. Fulton County election officials say the workers were exhausted and needed a break from the counting.
After a long absence from the seats of Newton County power, the Democrats came back with a surprising vengeance.
Though the race was close from the beginning the unofficial results without final absentee ballets from the Newton County Board of Election show that Newton County Sheriff's Lt. Ezell Brown will be the next sheriff of Newton County.
President of the United States (96% of precincts reporting)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama was elected the nation's first black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his victory by defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground states - Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Iowa.
Though his opponent is a moderate Democrat and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, all signs point to Rep. John Linder (R-GA) comfortably coasting to his ninth term representing the 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The seat for District 2 member of the Newton County Board of Education is up for grabs and incumbent Rickie Corley (R) is defending his seat of nearly 12 years against newcomer Eddie Johnson (D).
With only a few more days to go before the 2008 election season comes to a close, the presidential campaigns in Newton County are getting ready for one last weekend get-out-the-vote push before Tuesday. Jennifer Gordon, field director of South DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties for the Obama campaign, said the campaign will be phone-banking and canvassing this weekend.
The 2008 Candidates' Forum sponsored by The Covington News, The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce and the Newton County Farm Bureau featured 17 of the 18 candidates running for local and state offices in Newton County.
State Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) defended the Georgia General Assembly's performance over the last two years and blamed the recent state's legislative woes on bad relations between the Senate and the House of Representatives.