Hill Wins District 6 Senate Race
Longtime Georgia Democrat Doug Stoner lost his District 6 Senate seat to Republican newcomer Hunter Hill in Tuesday's election.
One Smyrna incumbent will not be returning to the Georgia State Senate. Longtime Democrat Doug Stoner was defeated by Republican newcomer Hunter Hill in the District 6 Senate race during Tuesday's election.
As the election-day voting tally rolled in, Hill overcame Stoner, and gradually added to his margins to win by 3,066 votes.
The final, unofficial results show that Hill collected 35,299 votes, or 52 percent, to Stone's 32,233 votes, or 48 percent.
Stoner lead among Cobb voters with 20,412 votes, or 59 percent, to Hill’s 14,312 votes, or 41 percent.
Fulton County's reporting was delayed, and the final, unofficial results didn't roll in until late Wednesday morning.
Hill had a clear win in Fulton County, collecting 20,987 votes, 63.92-percent of 32,808 total votes.
Hill, a Vinings resident and a West Point graduate, ran against Stoner back in 2008 and beat out other Republican candidates Josh Belinfante and Drew Ellenburg in the July 31 primary, with 52.26-percent of 8,956 total votes.
"It is exciting and an honor to have been elected to represent residents of this district in the State Senate," Hill said. "We aimed to run a principled campaign based on the issues facing Georgians, improving job opportunities and the economy."
The Senate disctrict was redrawn last year, and now stretches from Smyrna-Vinings through Sandy Springs into Buckhead. Republicans make up 55 percent of the current district.
Stoner, a Kennesaw State graduate and a moderate Democrat first elected in 2002, had been a favorite among prominent business leaders in Metro Atlanta.
Smith Wins House District 41
In other State election news, it was a big win for Democrat Michael Smith in the State House District 41 contest to represent an area between Smyrna and Marietta.
The 29-year-old political newcomer from Marietta collected 10,024 votes (64 percent) to Republican Phil Daniell’s 5,654 votes (36 percent).
Incumbent Democrat Terry Johnson did not seek re-election.