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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.

Stephen Sloan November 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Not surprised at all. Hunter is a very bright, driven individual with outstanding leadership ability.
Inside-Out November 07, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It just goes to show you what happens to politicians when they disengage themselves from the people that they are working for. Stoner only shows up when it is re-election time. The citizens are now watching them and holding them accountable for their actions as well as their inaction. Best of luck and congratulations Mr. Hill.
becahe November 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I'm not surprised either since the republicans redraw the map to ensure a win.
Lissa M. November 08, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Doug Stoner closed the Dairy Queen on S. Cobb Drive & abandoned Smyrna. Glad to see him go. Congrats Hunter Hill!
Me November 08, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Hunter Hill - a class act! Congrats!
C. Vinson November 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Becahe - That's the bottom line. The new district looks like a Where in the World is Waldo game. I often saw Doug at community events. Whenever I wrote to him he always responded. He looked out for his constituents. I'm sorry he lost.
Lee November 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Stoner closed the Dairy Queen after first a tornado and then another storm threatened to demolish it. We were patrons and he was sick to have to close it. He didn't abandon Smyrna; he worked with the rest of Cobb County's businessmen to help them. I, for one, will miss his presence.

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