Correction: A previous version of this story neglected to include H. Anthony Gobert, who was also elected as DeKalb County’s soil and water supervisor. DeKalb has five soil and water supervisors who may be elected or appointed to a district board.
On Election Day, much of DeKalb County was seeing blue.
Stacey Abrams nabbed 258,706 votes Tuesday, with Brian Kemp receiving nearly 49,000 votes. Libertarian candidate Ted Metz received 2,755 votes.
A total of 310,112 people — including 150,814 early voters — voted in DeKalb this election season. Provisional ballots are not included in the totals.
Much of Abrams’ base was in the southern part of the county. She also won Cobb and Gwinnett counties.
The strong showing for Abrams in DeKalb may not be surprising considering the Democrat has strong ties to the county and is a graduate of Avondale High School. At that precinct, she won 1,025 to Kemp’s 136. Metz took home 15 votes. The precinct also had a complaint of inoperable ID scanners.
“The ID scanners aren't working, and some folks are showing up in the system as either unregistered or, like me, showing up as having already voted when they absolutely have not voted yet,” resident Ellaree Yeagley said in a Facebook post. “It took time and several phone calls, but they supposedly have purged my false vote from the system and I was able to cast my electronic ballot.”
A DeKalb County spokesman said the problem was rectified at the polling place and was likely an issue of a voter having an older identification card.
Kemp’s strongest showing was in north DeKalb, specifically Dunwoody, where Republicans have traditionally had a strong hold in the county. That may shift, as gun control advocate Lucy McBath was elected to the 6th District seat, formerly held by longtime Republican politician Karen Handel.
Handel conceded in the race Thursday morning.
McBath became a gun control advocate after her teenage son was fatally shot following a dispute over loud music.
Voters also elected Carol Hayes and H. Anthony Gobert as the county’s soil and water supervisors and approved a property tax increase to fund $40 million to upgrade Brookhaven’s parks.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution created an interactive map — the full version of which can be seen and used here — showing how each precinct in DeKalb and metro Atlanta voted this midterm election. Users can type in an address to see which direction a neighborhood leaned. And you can get more into the data here.
Complete data was not available for some precincts, which is represented in white.
Here are the top 5 neighborhoods for Brian Kemp
- SILVER LAKE (Brookhaven Christian Church, 4500 Peachtree Road in Atlanta)
- VERNON EAST (All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mt. Vernon Road in Dunwoody)
- DUNWOODY LIBRARY (Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody)
- AUSTIN (North Atlanta Church of Christ, 5676 Roberts Drive in Dunwoody)
- KINGSLEY ELEM (Kingsley Elementary School, 2051 Brendon Drive in Dunwoody)
Here are the top 5 neighborhoods for Stacey Abrams
- KING-ML KING JR HIGH (Martin Luther King Jr. High School, 3991 Snapfinger Road in Lithonia)
- EPWORTH (Mary Lin Elementary School, 586 Candler Park Drive in Atlanta)
- BOULEVARD (Israel Baptist Church, 2071 Hosea L. Williams Drive in Atlanta)
- OAK VIEW ELEM (Oak View Elementary School, 3574 Oakvale Road in Decatur)
- EAST LAKE (St. Philip AME Church, 240 Candler Road, SE, Gymnasium B in Atlanta)
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