Cobb Republican school board incumbent leading 3-way race

A Cobb County School Board member is close to avoiding a runoff in Tuesday’s primary election.

Republican incumbent David Banks is leading the three-way contest with Matt Harper and Shelley O’Malley in the race for the Post 5 seat.

With 96% of the precincts reporting, unofficial results show Banks leading with 55% of the vote, compared to O’Malley’s 24% and Harper’s 21%. The Post 5 seat encompasses parts of northeast Cobb County.

On the Democratic side, Julia Hurtado leads with 59% over challenger Tammy Andress, who is polling at 41%.

Two Democrats also went to battle Tuesday to see who will challenge Post 1 incumbent Republican Randy Scamihorn in the Nov. 3 general election. Vickie Benson is leading that race with 68% of the vote with 95% of the precincts reporting results. Challenger Lynn Lafferty trails with 32%. The Post 1 seat includes northwest Cobb.

Scamihorn, along with Post 7 Republican incumbent Brad Wheeler, did not face primary opposition. Wheeler will face Democratic challenger Lindsay Terrebonne, who had no opposition, in the November election. Post 7 represents parts of west Cobb.

Democrat Leroy “Tre” Hutchins faced no opposition in the primary for the Post 3 race. With no Republican challenger in the general election, Hutchins is the school board member-elect for the seat. He will replace longtime board member David Morgan, who did not seek re-election. That seat encompasses parts of south Cobb.

Cobb residents should note that the current results reflect the tally from voters who cast ballots on Election Day and during the early voting period. The county said Wednesday that the majority of absentee ballots, which were either mailed in or dropped off, have not been counted. Elections staff are working on tallying the results about 70,000 of those absentee ballots.

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