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November 6-- An incumbent county commissioner was re-elected, a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax was extended and a "Brunch Bill" was passed in Tuesday voting.

Veteran Montgomery County Commissioner Clarence Thomas was re-elected by 43 votes over Republican challenger Charlie Robison, 548 to 505, based on a strong showing on absentee ballots.

In Treutlen County, voters approved a five-year extension of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales by a margin of 295 votes, 1,356 to 1,061.  The sales tax revenue will be shared by the county and the city of Soperton to finance capital improvement projects.

Residents of Vidalia approved what is called the "Brunch Bill" which okays the sale of alcohol by the drink Sundays starting at 11 a.m.

Area voters gave overwhelming support to Republican candidates for statewide office including Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over Democrat Stacy Abrams.  Kemp won in Toombs County with 77% of the vote, in Montgomery County with 76% of the vote and in Treutlen County with 70% of the vote.

Voters in the three counties also provided strong support for incumbent 12th District Republican Congressman Rick Allen who handily defeated Democrat challenger Francys Johnson with 75% of the vote in Toombs County, 77% in Montgomery County and 70% in Treutlen County.

Democrats regained a majority in the House of Representatives and Congressman Allen is uncertain about the future, "I don't know what to expect.  Since I've been there we've controlled the floor and we were well on our way to making America great again, so I really don't know what to expect.  I can tell you this, if all they do is resist the President's agenda, it will be a different story in 2020," he said.