Final Georgia election post-mortem
- The U.S. Senate race doesn’t support the notion that the Peach State is turning Democrat. Consider this: Incumbent GOP Senator Johnny Isakson wrapped up 55% of the vote while Democrat candidate Jim Barksdale got 41%. And of course President-elect Donald Trump got 51.1% while Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton took only 45.8%.
- Isakson received 46,000 more votes than Trump statewide thanks to some ticket splitting in Metro Atlanta.
- Factors like Clinton’s negatives, as well as Trump’s, no doubt altered some voter behavior more than party labels.
- The Libertarian Party saw its Georgia vote total nearly triple from 2012, bringing in over 120,000 votes for nominee Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico.
- Amendment 1, on the controversial Opportunity School District, only passed in 7 counties – Muscogee, Columbia, Camden, Chattahoochee, Randolph, Dooly, and Quitman. It lost 60%-40%.
- Amendment 3, on reconstituting the Judicial Qualifications committee, only failed to pass in Clarke County.
- Amendments 2 and 4 passed overwhelmingly.