As of Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
JONESBORO — When the smoke cleared in the second round of Gail v. Gail Tuesday, it was state Sen. Gail Davenport who came out victorious over former state Sen. Gail Buckner.
Davenport defeated Buckner with 54.22 percent of the 15,479 votes cast in the District 44 State Senate run-off election. The result is the opposite of the first “Battle of the Gails” in 2008, where Buckner was victorious. Buckner left the seat to run for Secretary of State in 2010, however, which allowed Davenport to return to the office. Davenport previously held that office from 2006 until 2008.
Davenport has previously said job creation, education and transportation are the three main issues she wants to focus on during her next term.
In the District 63 state representative run-off, attorney Ronnie Mabra defeated Fulton County teacher T.J. Copeland with 64.76 percent of the 2,574 votes cast in the election. The seat mainly represents Fayette County but it also represents southwest Clayton County’s panhandle region. It is a new addition to the Clayton County legislative delegation, having been moved into the county through statewide redistricting.