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Over half of Dawson voters cast ballots for Nov. 6 election
Abrams and Kemp
Candidates for governor Democrat Stacey Abrams, left, and Republican Brian Kemp.

Voter turnout was 63 percent in Dawson County after 4,119 people cast their ballots on Tuesday for the general election.

Overall, 11,595 Dawson County voters cast ballots out of the 18,278 registered active voters. 

 During the last midterm elections in 2014, 7,366 Dawson County voters cast ballots, about 55.3 percent of registered active voters at the time. 

In the 2016 presidential election, 11,860 ballots were cast, about 81 percent of registered voters. 

Glenda Ferguson, director of the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration, said Wednesday that lines at the three precincts were steady throughout Tuesday but went fairly smooth, with wait times of 30 minutes or less. 

Dawson County voted overwhelmingly for Republicans on Nov. 6, with 85.94 percent voting for Republican candidate for Governor Brian Kemp and 13.12 percent for Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams. Libertarian candidate Ted Metz pulled 0.94 percent of the vote. 

Dawson County also helped reelect District 9 U.S. Representative Doug Collins with 86.51 percent of the vote going to him over Democratic challenger Josh McCall, who garnered 13.49 percent. Collins received 79.58 percent of the vote overall and represents Dawson, Banks,  Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties as well as parts of Clarke, Forsyth and Pickens counties.

Dawson County also voted in favor of District 7 State Representative David Ralston, who beat Democratic challenger Rick D. Day with 79.08 percent of the vote to Day's 20.92 percent. Ralston represents a portion of Dawson County counties as well as Gilmer and Fannin counties and received 84.33 percent of the vote overall. 

How Dawson County voted in other races:

Lieutenant Governor:

Geoff Duncan (Rep) 86.76 percent

Sarah Riggs Amico (Dem) 13.24 percent

Secretary of State: 

Brad Raffensperger (Rep) 84.27 percent

John Barrow (Dem) 13.71 percent

Smyth Duval (Lib) 2.03 percent

Attorney General:

Chris Carr (Rep) 86.01 percent

Charlie Bailey (Dem) 13.99 percent

Commissioner of Agriculture:

Gary Black (Rep) 87.50 percent

Fred Swann (Dem) 12.5 percent

Commissioner of Insurance:

Jim Beck (Rep) 84.64 percent

Janice Laws (Dem) 12.56 percent

Donnie Foster (Lib) 2.8 percent

State School Superintendent:

Richard Woods (Rep) 87.56 percent

Otha E. Thornton, Jr (Dem) 12.44 percent

Commissioner of Labor:

Mark Butler (Rep) 87.12 percent

Richard Keatley (Dem) 12.88 percent

Public Service Commission, District 3-Metro-Atlanta

Chuck Eaton (Rep) 83.81 percent

Lindy Miller (Dem) 13.18 percent

Ryan Graham (Lib) 3.01 percent

Public Service Commission, District 5-Western

Tricia Pridemore (Rep) 84.23 percent

Dawn A. Randolph (Dem) 2.97 percent

John Turpish (Lib) 2.97 percent