Polls open until 7 o'clock tonight; absentee ballots also still being accepted


All voting precincts around Milledgeville-Baldwin County will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. this evening. 

Also, voters can still turn in an absentee ballot at the "ballot drop box" until 7 p.m. The ballot drop box is located at the Carrington Woods government annex.

Based on the size of Baldwin County (number of precincts, number of absentee ballots, etc.), the votes shouldn't take too long to calculate, and Elections Superintendent Todd Blackwell and his crew likely will have everything finalized by 9 o'clock tonight, if not earlier. 

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In terms of the different races, Herschel Walker now is the favorite to win the Senate election after making up nearly 4.5 percentage points in the last two weeks, according to Fivethirtyeight.com, which gradually has become the holy grail for political pundits. FiveThirtyEight uses a composite of all polls and then weighs the composite percentage with the methodology or "pollster grade" for each individual polling service.

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Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight also predicts that Governor Brian Kemp should cruise to re-election.

Locally, Baldwin County will be electing both a brand-new state senator and a brand-new state representative. Republican Ken Vance and Democrat Hoganne Harrison-Walton, both from Milledgeville, are hoping to replace Rick Williams in the General Assembly's lower house. Based on early voting in District 133, which includes all of Baldwin and parts of Jones counties, it would certainly appear that Vance enters the day as the favorite.

Meanwhile, Williams is expected to win relatively easy in the Republican-heavy District 25. The seat was vacated after Baldwin County's current state senator, Burt Jones, decided to run for re-election this year. If Williams wins, it means that the District 25 seat will come back to Milledgeville after 10 years. Prior to Jones' first victory in 2012, District 25 had been represented by a Baldwin County resident for as far back as anyone could remember.

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