Republicans kept their majority in the 180-seat Georgia House of Representatives, maintaining command over how Georgia’s congressional and legislative districts will be drawn.
The GOP had a 105-75 majority entering the election, as Democrats sought 16 seats needed for control.
Republican David Jenkins defeated Democratic Minority Leader Bob Trammell in a district southwest of Atlanta after the GOP targeted Trammell with $1 million, while Democrat Rebecca Mitchell unseated Republican House Ways and Means Chairman Brett Harrell in Gwinnett County.
The Republican victory is likely to mean another two years for House Speaker David Ralston.
Across North Georgia, Republicans won large majorities in their races for the General Assembly, including three members of the Hall County delegation. Matt Dubnik, Emory Dunahoo and Timothy Barr won re-election. Bo Hatchett won the Georgia Senate District 50 race.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Both incumbents were winning their Georgia Public Service Commission seats early Wednesday.
Incumbent Republican Jason Shaw was being challenged by Democrat Robert Bryant and Libertarian Elizabeth Melton for a spot on the Public Service Commission.
Republican Lauren “Bubba” McDonald’s reelection was challenged by Democrat Daniel Blackman and Libertarian Nathan Wilson.
Winners must reckon with the impact of Georgia Power Co.'s $25 billion nuclear plant on power bills. The incumbents say they’re balancing consumer and utility needs, but the challengers say the balance is too tilted toward utilities.
Voters statewide broadly approved three ballot questions.
State constitutional Amendment 1 lets lawmakers earmark funds for certain programs.
Amendment 2 lets people sue governments for illegal acts, but judges couldn’t enter an injunction ordering a government to do something or order a government to pay money.
Referendum A exempts from taxes property owned by charitable groups such as Habitat for Humanity that sell homes to individuals through no-interest loans.