Baldwin County goes red
What a difference one midterm election can make.
Back in 2018, Stacey Abrams won Baldwin County by 50 votes, while on Tuesday she lost the same county by more than 1,000 votes.
In the Senate race, meanwhile, Herschel Walker picked up 7,416 votes in Baldwin County to Raphael Warnock's 7,324.
Abrams ran more of a partisan campaign, which worked for her back in 2018, when Democrats were more energized with a Republican in the White House, but this time it clearly didn't work. Warnock, meanwhile, ran more of a centrist campaign and fared better.
Meanwhile, Ken Vance will be your next State Representative, besting Democratic challenger Hoganne Harrison-Walton 6,456-5,971 here in Baldwin County. All of the votes haven't been finalized in Jones County, but Jones is a solid red county, which means that Vance can be projected as the winner.
The man who Vance will replace in the General Assembly – Rick Williams – also cruised to victory on Tuesday, winning Baldwin County by more than 1,400 votes and picking up even bigger numbers in neighboring counties. This means that the State Senate seat will be coming back to Milledgeville beginning in January, after being held by Burt Jones of Butts County for the previous 10 years. Prior to that, a Milledgeville man had always represented Baldwin County in the State Senate for as far back as anybody could remember.
Per usual, Elections Superintendent Todd Blackwell and his crew were clicking on all cylinders, with all of the local votes being finalized and announced by 9 p.m., while counties in other parts of the state will be waiting until the early hours or possibly even the next few days.