By Larry Stanford

May 20, 2014


That’s what the majority of voters in Tuesday’s primary appeared to say in regards to liquor by the drink in unincorporated Upson County. The referendum passed with 58 percent of the vote, 2,411 to 1,743. Voters in seven of the nine precincts voted in favor of the sale of alcohol by the drink in restaurants in unincorporated Upson County. Reeves was the only precinct that voted against it, by four votes, 235 to 231, while Atwater tied, 188 to 188 votes.

In the other strictly local competitive election, Shane Moore defeated Billy Penn to fill the remaining term of the late Elmer Kent on the Yatesville City Council. Moore had 62 percent, or 69 votes, to Penn’s 38 percent, or 42 votes.

A total of 4,205 cards were cast out of 13,710 registered voters in the county, a turnout of 30.67 percent.

In other contested races:

State Senate, District 18

Thomaston Republican Spencer Price defeated Macon Republican John Kennedy in Upson County. Price had 1,872 votes to Kennedy’s 1,077. But at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, with three of six counties reporting, the two were neck-and-neck, with Kennedy holding a slim 57-vote lead.

U. S. Senate:

Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn won the U. S. Senate race in Upson County. As of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Perdue and Jack Kingston were in a neck-and-neck race for the Republican nomination. With 81 of 159 counties reporting, Perdue had 30 percent and Kingston had 28 percent, with watchers predicting a runoff between the two. Michelle Nunn was ahead for the Democratic nod with 75 percent of the votes.


Incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter won in Upson County. Statewide, Deal led with 72 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Carter was unopposed.

Secretary of State

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democratic challenger Doreen Carter won in Upson County. Statewide, Carter led with 68 percent of the vote.

Insurance Commissioner

Incumbent Republican Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Johnson won in Upson. Hudgens was unopposed and Johnson led statewide with 69 percent of the votes.

State School Superintendent

In the most contested race on the ballot, Republican candidate Richard L. Woods and Democratic candidate Valarie D. Wilson won in Upson County. Statewide, Michael L. Buck was leading Woods with 20 percent to 17 percent, while Wilson was leading Alisha Morgan 33 percent to 24 percent. Runoffs are expected on both sides in that race.

Public Service Commission, District 4

Republican Incumbent Lauren McDonald easily won in Upson and was leading with 63 percent statewide. He will face Democrat Daniel A. Blackman, who ran unopposed.

The Thomaston Times will provide final vote totals as early as possible Wednesday morning.

Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.