By Ed Brock
Incumbent state Sen. Valencia Seay, D-College Park, has reclaimed her seat in District 34.
With 53 of 54 precincts in Clayton County counted and more than 86 percent of the vote counted in Fayette County, Seay was defeating her neophyte opponent Republican Edith Marie Mullin with 36,595 votes to Mullin's 16,327 votes. District 34 includes both counties.
Mullin lives in Fayette County and she was winning the vote there with 11,236 votes to Seay's 7,775. But in Clayton County Seay had received 28,820 votes to Mullin's 5,091, putting Seay over the top.
"I'm just humbled that the people are allowing me to continue to serve them as state senator," Seay said.
Seay, 51, of College Park said she spent Tuesday driving around to the polling areas in her district.
"I'm overwhelmed by the voter turnout," Seay said. "This morning by 6 a.m. the lines were already formed."
Seay has stressed employment, healthcare and education in her campaign.
In 2002 she defeated now House District 74 candidate Emory Wilkerson to win the Senate District 34 seat. She said she had received support from Republicans as well as Democrats.
Mullin said previously that she joined the race to reform the state judiciary and give people a choice.
But Mullin would not specify how or why she wanted to reform the judiciary.
"There are just some issues I have with the judicial structure," she said.
Mullin is an investment counselor. She said on Monday that she had not put up any signs but was relying on her reputation for the community work she's done on a state and federal level.
Mullin also said she entered the race because Seay might have given up her seat to spend more time with her new grandchild.