Former commissioner of the state Department of Human Resources Jim Martin will face Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley in November for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Martin captured nearly 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff against former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, outpolling him 188,011-126,319. Jones edged Martin in Effingham, getting 136 of the 261 votes cast.
Turnout was light throughout the state and the county. At the 1E precinct in Effingham, one voter out of 904 registered voters cast a ballot Tuesday, choosing Martin over Jones.
Less than 1 percent of Effingham’s 26,837 voters cast ballots, either in person Tuesday or through early or absentee ballots, in the runoff.
Turnout was strongest in precinct 3C, where 25 out of 623 voters went to the polls. It was the most voters at any single precinct and the percentage turnout (4.01 percent) also was the highest.