Election results not expected to change

By Greg Gelpi

Two candidates maintain their narrow leads, but overseas military ballots will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday.

"I don't expect (the overseas ballots) to come back because they would have come back by now," Annie Bright, Clayton County director of elections and registration, said.

Bright pointed to the July 20 primary election when only a handful of overseas ballots came in between the close of the polls Tuesday and the Friday following the election.

Wole Ralph has a slim 18-vote lead over Charles Davis in the race for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 3.

In the race for Georgia House District 74, Roberta Abdul-Salaam is ahead by 226 votes over George Jeburk.

Ralph made up ground since the initial primary race. He had 1,830 votes in the primary election, finishing second to Davis, who had 2,660 votes in the five-candidate race.

None of the runoff results will be finalized until the Secretary of State's Office certifies the election, said Cara Hodgson, a public information officer with the office. That should happen mid next week.

Although the polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Hodgson explained that it usually takes two days to confirm provisional ballots, the county must then certify the results and it takes another day or two for the state to certify the results.

Abdul-Salaam, a local community activist, and Jeburk, the principal of Northcutt Elementary School, were vying for the House seat vacated by Victor Hill. Hill is the Clayton County sheriff-elect.

As of Wednesday, Abdul-Salaam had 1,343 votes and Jeburk had 1,117. Although only 13 votes separated the two candidates in Clayton County, Abdul-Salaam had 474 votes to Jeburk's 235 votes from the portion of the House district in Fayette County.

The winner of the race will advance to run against Republican Emory Wilkerson of Fayetteville in the November general election.

In the County Commission 3 race there is Republican opposition.