County voters choose their own
While Republicans won all their races in Floyd County, local candidates had bigger margins of support than Brian Kemp.
Republican candidates swept Floyd County in Tuesday’s elections but a precinct-by-precinct look at the votes shows varying pockets of support.
In the countywide contests, state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler was the clear favorite. He pulled 73.46 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Evan Ross and was the highest vote-getter in 11 precincts.
There are six precincts within the city limits of Rome and 19 in the unincorporated area, for a total of 25.
Among Hufstetler’s biggest areas of support were Cave Spring, three precincts in Rome and the Chulio precinct, where he won 83.41 percent of the votes cast in his race. His margin of support got as high as 90.58 percent in Floyd Springs — in the northern part of the county — but voters there chose U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, as their favorite.
Graves won 90.91 percent of the vote in Floyd Springs against his Democratic challenger Ste- phen Foster, which was higher by far than the 73.04 percent he drew countywide. He was the preferred Republican in 10 precincts, including Mount Alto North in Rome.
Floyd County Commission Chair Rhonda Wallace received the biggest margin of support in two precincts. She won her contest with Democrat Stephanie Wright with 72.54 percent of the vote countywide.
Rep. Tom Graves
Sen. Chuck Hufstetler