(Note: This thread is for discussing the state results. Discuss the national results here.)
UPDATE at 1 a.m.: By now, you’ve probably read elsewhere on AJC.com about the GOP sweep of the statewide races. In the Legislature, the Republicans were set to reach a new high of 108 seats, a net gain of three. They picked up seats in Southwest Georgia, in Middle Georgia — the Dublin seat that House Minority Leader DuBose Porter gave up to run for governor this year — and in Gwinnett and Cobb counties. One of the four was offset by Jill Chambers’ loss in DeKalb County.
The additions to the GOP caucus will probably help to strengthen David Ralston’s hold on the speaker’s gavel. Here’s what he told me about the results:
“We had to make some tough choices” in the last legislative session, Ralston said. “That’s what leadership is about, that’s what governing is about. … We focused on doing a few things and doing them right, as opposed to a large volume of laws. …
“I think the people of Georgia looked at our candidates tonight and saw a positive, optimistic view for moving forward. … Given the climate we’re in, I’m pleased.”
ADDED at 8:12 p.m.: Here’s a link to the Georgia secretary of state’s election-results. One thing to keep in mind: When you see “xx% of precincts reporting,” you are seeing the total including Election Day voting, early voting in person, and early voting by mail. Look a little lower for the Election Day voting percentage to keep track of how far along we really are, because that represents the bulk of the votes cast.
I’m going to experiment with live-blogging the Georgia results separately from the national ones (which you can discuss here). This is where we’ll discuss state and local races.
Polls close at 7 p.m. The Political Insider has posted a good run-down of what to watch for as the night progresses. Expect the early results to start rolling in by 8. At some point after that, I’m heading to the Georgia GOP election-night party to get Republican reactions and will be blogging from there (technology willing).