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Butterworth ousts Schaefer in state Senate race
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Voters headed to the polls for the second time in three weeks Tuesday to settle a handful of unsettled races from the July 15 state primary.

The winners of Tuesday's runoff head to the November ballot as their respective party's nominees. 

State Sen. Nancy Schaefer lost to Jim Butterworth by a sizable margin in a Republican runoff for the District 50 seat, which covers Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Rabun, Stephens, Towns and White counties. Butterworth took 62.3 percent of the vote, while Schaefer earned 37.7 percent.

Other regional races:

  • Forsyth: Clerk of superior court: Greg G. Allen, 64.2 percent, defeats Charles A. Adams, 35.8 percent; County commission District 5: Jim Boff, 50.2 percent, defeats Julie Tressler, 49.8 percent.
  • Habersham: Probate judge, Sue Bottoms, 68.2 percent, defeats Lynne M. Dockery, 31.8 percent; sheriff, Joey Terrell, 64.7 percent, defeats DeRay Fincher, 35.3 percent; coroner, Kasey C. McEntire, 50.02 percent, Kenneth Franklin, 49.98 percent (two votes separate, with provisionals to be counted later).
  • Jackson: County commission chairman, Hunter Bicknell, 60 percent, defeats Ron Johnson, 40 percent.
  • Lumpkin: Clerk of superior court, Rita Harkins, 60 percent, defeats Michael A. Davis, 40 percent; County commission chairman, John Raber, 59 percent, defeats Marvin J. Martin, 41 percent.

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