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Early voting ends Friday, polls open Tuesday
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Early voting continues through Friday for the general election, and polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

While no local races are contested, several statewide and area races are on the ballot.

Jon Burns (R-Newington) does not face opposition for his House District 159 post, and Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon) is unopposed for his District 161 seat. State Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) also faces no opposition for his 4th District seat.

State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) and Savannah Democrat Brian Reese are vying for the U.S. House 1st District, which longtime incumbent Jack Kingston relinquished to run for U.S. Senate. U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Augusta) and Augusta businessman Rick Allen, the Republican nominee, are contesting the 12th District seat.

Democrat Michelle Nunn, David Perdue, who won the Republican runoff against Kingston, and Libertarian Amanda Swafford are pursuing the Senate seat now held by Saxby Chambliss. Chambliss is retiring, rather than run for re-election.

Incumbent Nathan Deal is seeking a second term as governor and he is being challenged by state Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta) and Libertarian Andrew Hunt. Deal is scheduled to visit New Ebenezer Retreat Center on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle also is running for re-election and will face Democrat Connie Stokes.

Other statewide races include: incumbent Sam Olens vs. Democratic challenger Greg Hecht for attorney general; incumbent Gary Black vs. Democratic challenger James Irvin for agriculture commissioner; incumbent Ralph Hudgens vs. Libertarian challenger Ted Metz and Democrat Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner; incumbent Mark Butler vs. Democratic challenger Robbin Shipp for labor commissioner; and Republican Richard Woods vs. Democrat Valarie Wilson for state school superintendent.

Also, Republican incumbent Doug Everett is running again for his seat on the Public Service Commission and is being challenged by Libertarian John Monds.

Early voting for the general primary ends Friday. Early voting locations are the Board of Elections and Registration office, 284 Highway 119 South in Springfield, and the old Marlow Elementary School, 4752 Highway 17 South in Guyton.

More information on what voters need to bring to the polls and on where they can vote can be found at

Effingham County polling places and precincts

District 1
1A - Zion Lutheran Church Social Hall, 121 Noel C. Conaway Rd.
1B - Sandhill Baptist Church, 1931 Sandhill Rd.
1C - Meldrim Baptist Church, 229 Ohoopee Ave
1D - Faulkville Baptist Church, 144 Zeigler Rd.

District 2
2A - Church of Christ, 1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd.
2B - St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 155 GoshenRd.
2C - Grace Community Church, 1094 Goshen Rd.

District 3
3A - Elam Egypt Baptist Church, 184 5th St.
3B - Clyo Community Center, 545 Fair St., Clyo
3C - Bethel Lutheran Church, 1984 Highway 21
3D - Pilgrim Baptist Association, 810 Central Blvd., Guyton

District 4
4A - Springfield Methodist Family Life Center, 210 Cleveland St., Springfield
4B - Rincon Church of God Family Life Center, 3430 Highway 21, Rincon
4C - Effingham Multi Agency Call Center, 181 Recycle Way, Guyton

District 5
5A - Macomber Recreational Center, 1004 Lexington Ave.
5B - Rincon Baptist Temple, 305 Weisenbaker Rd.
5C - First Christian Church, 5835 Highway 21