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Stone, Barrow win
Republican challenger avoids runoff in three-way race
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John Stone will face incumbent John Barrow in November for the U.S. House of Representatives 12th District seat in Georgia.

Stone captured 56.6 percent of the vote in the district, avoiding a runoff against either Ray McKinney or Ben Crystal, the other two challengers in the Republican primary.

McKinney, who grew up in Effingham County, outpolled Stone in Effingham 2,205-2,044. Crystal garnered 533 votes in the county.

Across the district, Stone had 9,467 votes while McKinney had 5,333 votes. Crystal finished with 1,915 votes.

Barrow easily outdistanced Democratic challenger Regina Thomas, a former state senator from Savannah. Barrow had 43,488 votes to Thomas' 13,638. In the county, Barrow 807 to Thomas' 293.

Facing no opposition in their primary and with no Democrats running in their primaries, state Sen. Jack Hill and state Reps. Jon Burns and Buddy Carter were re-elected.

Hill had 4,530 votes in the county. Burns had 1,933 and Carter had 2,603 votes. Across the 4th Senate District, Hill had 6,956 votes. Burns had 2,662 in the 157th House District and Carter had 3,465 votes in the 159th House District.