Brandon Beach not only carried Fulton County in the special election for the vacant state Senate District 21 seat, he also held the lead in Cherokee County in unofficial results filed with the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
Beach, an Alpharetta resident, even beat Sean Jerguson of Holly Springs in the Holly Springs precinct by 14 votes, picking up 102 votes to his opponent's 88.
While only 5.6 percent of the 34,646 registered voters in the Fulton County portion of the district cast a ballot in the special election, more Cherokee County voters showed up the polls to cast ballots in Tuesday's special election than election officials anticipated.
More than 10 percent of the 75,212 registered voters in Cherokee County's portion of Senate District 21 went to the polls on Tuesday and in advance voting.
Cherokee County Election Supervisor Janet Munda said she originally predicted only 5 percent of registered voters would cast ballots in the election.County Brandon Beach Sean Jerguson Total Fulton 1545 371 1916 Cherokee 3925 3660 7585 Total 5470 4031 9501
Munda said no problems occurred at the polls on Tuesday, other than residents learning they were not eligible to vote in the election.
"Some voters would go to precincts thinking they were eligible to vote for a particular candidate, but once they looked at the maps on the wall the precincts, they clearly understood they were not in that district any longer,” she said.
In Cherokee, Beach, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce president & CEO, defeated Jerguson of Holly Springs with 52 percent of the votes cast. Jerguson received 48 percent.
In Fulton County, Beach, who lives in Alpharetta, was the clear winner with 81 percent over Jerguson's 19 percent of votes cast.
Overall, Beach carried the district with 58 percent of the votes, compared to Jerguson's 42 percent.
Out of 88,089 registered voters in both districts, 8,546 or 9.7 percent, cast ballots in the Georgia Senate District 21. Cherokee voters in the Holly Springs area also were voting to fill the state House District 21 seat Jerguson vacated to run for the state Senate.
When Beach faced former Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock for the seat in the July 31 Republican Primary last year, 29,928 registered voters turned out to cast ballots, or approximately 34 percent of those eligible.