• Steve Tarvin: 1,072 votes, 38 percent
• Neal Florence: 964 votes, 34 percent
• Doug Woodruff: 774 votes, 28 percent
Source: Unofficial election results, Georgia Secretary of State
A runoff election will be held on Feb. 4 to fill the Georgia House District 2 seat since none of the three Republican candidates captured the 50 percent plus one vote required to win.
So the two top vote-getters, Steve Tarvin and Neal Florence, will meet again in a run-off.
Tarvin, 62, was president and CEO of the recently closed Crystal Springs Print Works textile plant in Chickamauga. Florence, 62, is an independent pharmacist in LaFayette, Ga., who recently resigned as that city's longtime mayor.
The seat was held by Jay Neal, R-Chickamauga, who stepped down to take an appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to a state Department of Corrections post.
Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.
Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.