(This report is being compiled with reporting from Keith Farner and Terry Jernigan.)
Voters in Oconee and parts of Clarke, Oglethorpe and Morgan counties chose Tuesday between Republican and Democrat to represent them in the Georgia House of Representatives. The two competed in a after neither received enough votes to win the June 21 special election outright.
Here are live updates as returns come in (See table at the bottom of the file):
8:16 p.m.: All precincts reporting in Oconee: Williams 2,371, Matthews 1,015.
7:58 p.m.: With most precincts in, Williams is leading by a 2-to-1 margin.
7:56 p.m.: Matthews has the advantage in Clarke County with 66 percent of the vote in: Matthews 147, Williams 36. But the low turnout won't likely be enough to bring him close with the lopsided numbers from Oconee.
7:52 p.m.: Matthews met with supporters at Barberitos as the votes were counted, and said turnout was worse than he expected.
“I was disappointed with the low voter turnout in Clarke County," he said. "That was something we were kind of banking on. I think that initial surge we got during the special election didn’t translate in the runoff and maybe we took Clarke County for granted.
“We drove by Timothy Road and Cleveland elementary, and there was hardly anyone in the parking lot.”
Williams had a different feeling about turnout and said he had a good feeling about the runoff.
“We’re almost to the finish line!" Williams said early in the evening. "I haven’t seen any turnout numbers, but my gut feeling is that turnout was pretty strong for a runoff and I think that is good for us. We’ll count them up in a little bit and see where we stand.”
7:49 p.m.: Two more Oconee precincts:
7:47 p.m.: Both candidates already have higher totals so far tonight than they did overall in the June 21 race. The trends for both are about the same, though.
74% of Oconee
66% of Morgan
66% of Oglethorpe
7:41 p.m.: Oconee Annex: Williams 145, Matthews 64.
7:36 p.m.: Oconee Civic Center: Williams 319, Mattews 135. Colham Ferry: Wiliams 109, Matthews 68.
7:31 p.m.: Oconee absentee and provisional totals: Williams 735; Matthews 303.
7:10 p.m.: These are Oconee's official results from June 21, for comparison.
7:06 p.m.: Oconee County is posting its precinct totals as they come in (none yet).
7 p.m.: Polls are closed. Williams invited supporters to watch returns come in at in Downtown Watkinsville. Matthews was expected to be just up the street at .
Here are results as of 9:31 p.m. (99 percent of precincts reporting):
Dan Matthews Chuck Williams Oconee 1,015
2,371 Clarke 694