If unofficial results hold up, Bryan County voters stayed true to form Tuesday by overwhelmingly supporting Republican candidates for state and federal office They also turned out.
Nearly 60 percent of the county’s 25,712 registered voters cast ballots in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Local election officials reported “no issues other than long lines due to a great turnout,” according to Candice Jones of Bryan County Elections and Registrations.
Here’s a breakdown of the races from a local perspective, starting with governor, where Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp won 70 percent of the vote and outpolled Democrat Stacey Abrams 10,491 to 4,306.
U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, handily beat Richmond Hill Democrat Lisa Ring in Bryan County. Carter got more than 70 percent of the vote.
Republican candidates Geoff Duncan, lieutenant governor; Brad Raffensberger, secretary of state; Chris Carr, attorney general; Gary Black, agriculture commissioner; Jim Beck, insurance commissioner; Richard Woods, state school superintendent; Mark Butler, labor commissioner; Chuck Eaton, public service commissioner; and Tricia Pridemore, PSC, also won the county easily in their respective races.
Savannah incumbent Republican state Sen. Ben Watson, MD., and incumbent state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Garden City, also easily outpolled their opponents in Bryan County. Watson faced Richmond Hill Democrat Sandra Workman and Stephens was challenged by Chatham County Democrat Alicia Scott.
Watson got 71 percent of the vote in Bryan, while Stephens got 66 percent.
Running unopposed, Republican state representatives Jan Tankersley, who represents North Bryan, and Jesse Petrea, who represents a small portion of the Bryan coast, were reelected.
Bryan County voters also said yes to five constitutional amendments and two referendums, and Richmond Hill voters approved a “brunch bill,” which will allow restaurants serving alcohol with meals on Sundays to begin serving those drinks at 11 a.m.
There were no contested local races.