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Rogers Defeats Challenge by Beach in State Senate District 21

Chip Rogers won his home county and Brandon Beach beat the incumbent in his own county. But with 26 precincts in Cherokee and 15 in Fulton, the deck was stacked against the challenger.

Brandon Beach managed to get more than 12,000 people to vote for him in his bid for the state Senate District 21 Republican Primary. While that was a respectable number, it was nowhere near enough to unseat Chip Rogers. The incumbent, who is the Georgia Senate Majority Leader, had 17,522 votes.

Both candidates "won" their home counties. But with abysmal voter turnout in Fulton County – less than 14 percent – and only 5,428 total votes cast, Beach, an Alpharetta resident, needed to match Rogers in votes in Cherokee.

Rogers, however, handily beat the North Fulton Chamber executive in his own home county. The Woodstock resident had 14,856 ballots cast in his favor in Cherokee County. After working in North Fulton for years, Beach did exceptionally well in Cherokee. However, 9,409 votes just wasn't enough to unseat Rogers.

Both candidates had hurdles to overcome. Rogers continues to be identified with offshore casino gambling because of commercials he filmed. A bank loan that soured has been linked to him, whether fairly or not.

Beach, on the other hand, is a Georgia Department of Transportation Board member who has supported TSPLOST.

Advance voting in Cherokee County would give the impression that the race was going to be tighter than it was. Beach picked up 3,023 votes to Rogers' 2,994. But come election day, that narrow margin disappeared as more Cherokee voters picked Rogers than Beach. It was Rogers 10,116 to Beach's 6,030 votes.

While Beach "won" Fulton County, it wasn't quite a 100-vote victory. His 2,762 vote total was more than the 2,666 Rogers got, but that was far short of what he needed in Fulton. Forsyth had a 31 percent voter turnout, with Fulton less than half that by falling under 15 percent.

Absentee by Mail votes in Cherokee County have tipped in Rogers' favor. The incumbent received 746 votes (67.7 percent) to Beach's 356 (32.30 percent).

Rogers collected another 4,109 votes cast in advance in person, but Beach picked up 3,123 votes.

Cherokee & Fulton Precincts as reported to the Ga. Secretary of State

Candidate Election Day Absentee by Mail Advance in Person Provisional Total* Percent Brandon Beach 8,692
356 3,123 -
12,171
41% Chip Rogers (I) 12,667 746 4,109 -
17,522 59%

*Unofficial returns, no provisional ballots counted

With no Democrat qualifying for this race, this General Republican Primary will determines who is in the General Assembly for the next legislative session in 2013.

Patch editors posted unofficial results in this race and others throughout this election night on Canton-Sixes Patch, Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Patch, Woodstock Patch and Alpharetta-Milton Patch. Add your comments about this race on any of these Patches, and they will appear on all of them.

Bob Pepalis (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Has anybody out there collected vote totals from Alpharetta or Milton precincts? What did you see?
Bob Pepalis (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Slowly Fulton County gets its online reporting system updated. Now there's 5 of 15 Fulton precincts reporting, and Rogers has 670 votes to Beach's 641.
Whitney August 01, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I glanced at Cogburn Woods and Hopewell Middle...Beach was up, but by less than 30 votes from the combined totals between those two location.
Bob Pepalis (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Thanks, Whitney. And with Fulton counting 9 of 15 precincts so far, it doesn't look good for Beach as he trails Rogers even in Fulton. Rogers, 1,549; Beach, 1,462. I'll keep plugging away until the last precinct is added to these unofficial totals.
Bob Pepalis (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
The state and Fulton County aren't in sync, so the chart update will have to wait. But with another Fulton precinct reporting, Beach has 1,743 votes in his home county, with Rogers holding a slight edge with 1,798 votes. Just five more Fulton precincts must report.
Jim Beam August 01, 2012 at 02:45 AM
WooHoo!! Way to go, Chip Rogers!! A victory against stupid TSPLOST, a victory for School Choice, and a victory for all of Cherokee County! Go back to Alpharetta, Beach - and take Kyla Cromer with ya - LMAO!!!
foo bar August 01, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Careful Steely - Winner Will was a main author of the idiotic tsplost plan- though the odds shifted late and he jumped ship like a drowning rat. Danny Dukes and Will's other steal-taxpayer-money-for-my-kids-private-school gang got whipped. Looks like he slips by with a lease on life for another two years. but when his true colors are shown he will have to find another game at another table.
Jim Beam August 01, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Chip Rogers is a Champion - Brandon Beach is a LOSER. Beach got DESTROYED...as did his entire stupid platform of Fulton County crap. Cromer ran a non-existent campaign, never showing up to a single thing 'Republican' outside of the debate she was forced to attend. Her 'campaign' was nothing but personal attacks from the look of the many articles here on the Patch. She's a big loser just like Beach. Birds of a Tax&Spend feather, I suppose. Noone is stealing more taxpayer money than Dr. P & Janet Read. Hopefully Marlow can shut their cronyism and mafia-like rule of the CCSD down.
Frank Jones August 01, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Hard to beat a candidate like Chip who had 5 times the money as Beach from out of state and in state special interest groups. Unfortunately, most voters don't read the paper, pay attention to Chip's misdeeds and voting history, or have critical thinking/reasoning skills to realize that Chip is what's wrong in politics.
foo bar August 01, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Steely you sound like a 12 year old boy at a professional wrestling match. When your hero Winner Will shows his true colors, as always happens with chameleons - ask Mitch, Mike Bowers, Matt Glavin, et al. - odds are you will cry like a little baby. This time the spread was in his favor and he covered, but sooner or later the math of expected returns will catch up to him. Any takers on betting for scandal and resignation before his term ends?
Jolly Roger August 01, 2012 at 04:10 AM
And with Chip's "remarkable" support for public education, in the future we'll have even fewer voters with critical thinking and reasoning skills!
Bob Pepalis (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 04:11 AM
It may be after midnight, but certain comments still go beyond the terms of service. Please stick to the issues and not personal attacks and questionable comments.
Jim Beam August 01, 2012 at 04:29 AM
It's OK, Bob. Personal attacks is all the Beach-Cromer-Read crowd ever had in this election. 2 of the 3 won so their tactic was clearly a failed one. While on the topic of tactics, I have to congratulate Patsy Jordan. Whatever hers was worked well in her upset of incumbent Cochran. I hope she's a real conservative Republican and not another Board puppet.
Ted Schwartz August 01, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Bob Good job keeping sanity. What are your thoughts on Plan B and how long will that take to implement? Ted Schwartz
Conservative in Fulton August 01, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Beach ran an extremely negative personal campaign. Chip has been in office for 10 years and he had nothing to go after him on from his work at the Capitol. That shows me that Chip has done an amazing job. Bob - Beach couldn't even win his home county by more than 100 votes. Let's don't act like he is very well liked in North Fulton.
Stephen Guy Hardin August 01, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Well, so much for the influence ( and cash ) of the teachers unions...
David Fige August 01, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The issue I looked at was each candidates stance on Illegal Aliens in GA. Rogers has his finger prints all over the tough GA laws that will be discouraging for those who live here, and make more to relocate to other states. While Mr Beach( Chamber of Commerce) supported Illegal Criminals and those who hired them to suppress the wages of Georgia workers. Pew Research Study showed in 2010 alone the Net negative impact on GA. to be 2.4 Billion a Year and Growing... Our school and roads could sure use that $$ instead of subsidizing the illegal work force of the Chamber members...
Ed August 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Fulton's final vote counts are not in. While Beach is up 79 votes, Rogers leads in 4 of the 6 precincts who still haven't submitted all their votes. The final votes totals may give Rogers more total votes in Fulton, too.
D. Richards August 01, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I heard Brandon speak in Roswell. It is amazing that he ran as a Republican. He is no more a Republican than Obama is a Democrat.
Jack Simpson August 19, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Politicians that think the taxpayers will give them $8 billion to fritter away on pet projects and their pals in construction continue to show they are out of touch with those of us who have real jobs with real deadlines and consequences to poor decisions.

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