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Broun's New 'Opponent': Charles Darwin

 
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia congressman running unopposed for re-election now faces a write-in campaign that pits him against the father of evolution, Charles Darwin.
    
Republican Rep. Paul Broun is dealing with backlash after he was videotaped last month at a Baptist church banquet denouncing evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory as "lies straight from the pit of hell."
    
Outraged faculty at the University of Georgia, which is in Broun's district, signed a letter defending the sciences. Atlanta talk radio host Neal Boortz, who's popular among Georgia conservatives, first proposed writing-in Darwin. He says Broun's remarks make Republicans look like "Neanderthals."
    
The laws of political science say Broun will likely win re-election. He has no Democratic opponent. And a Facebook page promoting "Darwin for Congress" has attracted just a few dozen supporters.

Early Voting Now Under Way

Early Voting Now Under Way

Hundreds of people lined up at the Bibb County Board of Elections office Monday for the first day of early voting.

Although we won't have official numbers until late, Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr says it's typical to see a high turnout for an election like this.

The line of voters extended outside the Bibb County Board Elections office, and inside the sight was similar.

"It was a hurry up and wait," says voter David Smith. "They wait outside a long time and then you finally get in, you thought you were going to be able to vote. It kind of like being at Six Flags or Disney World."

Signs hung nearby promoting local candidates, but most voters say the presidential race is what brought them to the polls.

They say they waited for an hour, up to an hour and a half, some for their first chance to vote.

Barrow-Anderson Race Tests How Much Party Matters

SAVANNAH (AP) - Democratic Rep. John Barrow is trying to distance himself from President Barack Obama to offset efforts by his Republican opponent to paint them as political soul mates.

Lee Anderson, a state lawmaker and farmer from Grovetown, officially became Barrow's GOP challenger this week after a protracted primary that had to be settled by an August runoff and a recount Wednesday. Anderson talks of campaigning against both Barrow and Obama as if they're running mates in Georgia's 12th District.

Barrow is running TV ads to counter that message. In one he says: "When the president's right for Georgia, I support him. When he's not, I don't."

Runoff Results | Senate District 26

Runoff Results | Senate District 26

Senate District 26 
Democrats 
5 of 7 Counties Reporting
David Lucas 51% 8472

Runoff Results | Washington State Court Nonpartisan

Runoff Results | Washington State Court Nonpartisan

John Dana leads with  60% of the vote. 1927 votes100 percent of precincts reporting.

ELECTION RESULTS | T-SPLOST Results by Region

ELECTION RESULTS | T-SPLOST Results by Region

Check back here for periodic updates on the election results as we receive them.

12:37 a.m.

  • Middle Georgia T-SPLOST: (Includes Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Crawford, Peach, Pulaski, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Baldwin, Putnam counties):  

No has 56 percent of the vote with 73 percent of precincts reporting.

  • Central Savannah T-SPLOST: (Includes Hancock and Washington Counties):

Yes has 54 percent of the vote with 69 percent of precincts reporting.

  • Heart of Georgia T-SPLOST: (includes Laurens, Johnson, Treutlen, Wheeler, Telfair, Dodge, Bleckley and Wilcox counties):

Yes has 52 percent of the vote with 76 percent of precincts reporting.

  • River Valley T-SPLOST: (includes Taylor, Macon and Dooly counties):

Yes leads with 54 percent, 81 percent of precincts reporting.

ELECTION RESULTS | 12th Congressional District

ELECTION RESULTS | 12th Congressional District

Check back here for periodic updates on the election results as we receive them.

10:31 p.m.: Lee Anderson has 34 percent of the vote, 58 percent of precincts reporting. Rick Allen has 26 percent, Wright McLeod has 24 percent and Maria Sheffield has 16 percent.

7:47 p.m. First results start to roll in for the 12th Congressional District: Lee Anderson leads by 48% with 3 precincts reporting. Still awaiting 97 precincts' votes.

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