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Valencia Stovall holds off ex-legislators to win re-election

Davenport, Seay also cruise to re-election

JONESBORO — State House District 74 Rep. Valencia Stovall held off two challengers with 57.05 percent of the 2,491 votes cast.

Former Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam received 29.83 percent of the votes cast while former Rep. Yasmin Neal got 13.13 percent.

Only the provisional ballots remained to be counted. Final results will not be available until they are certified Friday.

State Sen. Gail Davenport and Valencia Seay appeared to cruise to easy re-elections of their own. Davenport defeated Marcus Davis. She had 81.62 percent of the votes cast in Senate District 44. Seay appeared to defeat Sherry Mallory with the Secretary of State reporting her as having 74.57 percent of the vote.

Other members of the Clayton County Legislative Delegation ran unopposed on the primary ballot.

State Rep. Demetrius Douglas, a Democrat who is also a member of the Henry County Legislative Delegation, will face Republican Christopher Deraney.

In Henry County, State Rep. David Knight appeared headed for an easy re-election Tuesday.

The Secretary of State’s website reported Knight had 70.81 percent of the 3,875 ballots counted in the race that the time. His challenger, Jason Lovett, received 29.19 percent.

Knight was the only member of the Henry County legislative delegation who faced a challenger in the primary.

In addition to Douglas, State Reps. John Yates, Brian Strickland and Andy Welch will face challengers in the November general election. Republicans Yates, Strickland and Welch will face Democrats Mario Driver, Jim Nichols and Kaye Shipley, respectively.

Final results will not be available until Friday.