The AJC reports that with 89 percent of the precincts reporting Jones was trailing Martin by nearly 20 percentage points in their runoff battle.
Jones lost all of the large metro Atlanta counties (Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett). He lost Fulton County 29 percent to 71 percent (more than a two-to-one margin). Jones lost Gwinnett County 31 percent to 69 percent. The loss in Cobb County was almost three-to-one.
Remember, Vernon Jones has been the CEO of DeKalb County for eight years, and he lost his home county 38 percent to 62 percent. It appears ALL of the voters who didn't vote for Martin or Jones on July 15th, voted for Martin on August 5th (with a fair amount of defections, as well).
With over 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Jim Martin had a 60 percent to 40 percent lead over Vernon Jones, who quickly conceded to Martin, "I accept God's will. He knows what's best for me."
Jim Martin will take on incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) in November for the US Senate seat.
Read the entire AJC article about the US Senate run-off here.
Read election results here.
plez sez: there was only one real Democrat in the race... and he won!
In local politics, there was the DeKalb County CEO race to fill Vernon Jones's office. Burrell Ellis (a real estate attorney) handily defeated Georgia State Representative Stan Watson, drawing 63 percent to Watson's 37 percent. Since there was no Republican candidate, Ellis will take office in January 2009.
Surprisingly, almost as many DeKalb County residents voted in the run-off as voted in the primaries on July 15.