Ray McKinney’s solid first place finish in a field of four Republican candidates shows that his message is resonating with 12th District voters.
According to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office:
- Ray received 42.6 percent of the vote, nearly 15 percentage points higher than his nearest competitor.
- Ray carried 18 of 22 counties in the district.
- The strongest county percentage-wise was Toombs, where he received 67 percent of the vote.
- In Chatham, Ray finished in second place, just 119 votes behind the leader. That was much better than expected, since his three challengers were all from Chatham.
- 27,458 people voted in the Republican Primary compared to 16,686 in 2008. That’s an increase of nearly 40 percent!
- Turnout in the Democrat Primary was down 43 percent! In 2008, 59,190 Democrats voted compared to only 33,666 in 2010.
A McKinney victory over Barrow is very possible, but who turns out to vote is the key. What’s needed is an energized conservative base combined with support from Democrats and independents who are tired of high taxes, record deficits and high unemployment.