Debby Peppers concedes Georgia state Senate runoff to Chuck Payne

Debby Peppers concedes Georgia state Senate runoff to Chuck Payne

January 10th, 2017 by Tyler Jett in Local Regional News

This is a developing story.


Chuck Payne is a candidate for the Georgia state senate District 54.

Chuck Payne is a candidate for the Georgia...

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

Debby Peppers is a candidate for the Georgia state senate District 54.

Debby Peppers is a candidate for the Georgia...

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

With some ballots still being tallied, Debby Peppers conceded a Georgia state senate runoff to Chuck Payne tonight.

Payne, a Republican, has about 65 percent of 6,700 votes cast in the race, according to the Georgia Secretary of State's site.

"I'm grateful to all those who voted for me in a race which I knew would be an uphill battle," Peppers said in a statement. "I deeply appreciate my numerous volunteers and their tireless efforts. I'm grateful our campaign exceeded all expectations."

Peppers, an independent candidate, said during the campaign that she would caucus with the Democrats if elected. She was running in a deeply conservative region.

Payne and Peppers were competing for former State. Sen. Charlie Bethel's seat. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Bethel, R-Dalton, to the Georgia Court of Appeals in November.

The senate seat covers all of Whitfield and Murray counties, as well as eastern Gordon and western Pickens counties.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.


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