(This article has been updated)
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Results continue to roll in Thursday for federal, state and local primaries.
No races have been officially called with thousands of absentee ballots cast by state and Forsyth County voters. However, in-person voting revealed clear leaders in local elections, including several school board seats, the District 4 seat on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and Forsyth County Coroner.
Officials will still need to comb through thousands of absentee ballots before final results can be tallied. Around 28 percent of the county’s registered voters requested to vote by mail. According to the county’s elections department, around 18,000 absentee ballots were cast for the June 9 general primary.
Wednesday night, Jon Ossoff declared victory in the Democratic primary to decide who will challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue this November. With 51 percent of the vote, Ossoff narrowly avoided a runoff with the runner up, former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who garnered 15 percent.
U.S. House, District 7
With all in-person votes counted, Rich McCormick has likely secured the Republican ticket over a large field of challengers while two Democrats could be headed for a runoff.
McCormick received 62 percent of the vote in a field of seven candidates. His closest competitor, Renee Unterman, stands with just 8.4 percent.
With all precincts reporting Carolyn Bourdeaux, who lost an extremely close race to Rob Woodall in 2018 for the District 7 seat, leads the Democratic ticket with 49 percent of the vote. If Bourdeaux still remains short of the majority vote, her opponent in a runoff will come down to a tight race between Brenda Lopez Romero and Nabilah Aishah Islam that will likely be settled by absentee votes. Islam received 14.03 percent of the vote ahead of Romero with 13.36.
U.S. House, District 9
A runoff will decide the Republican candidate for the District 9 seat that covers northern sections of the county. Ethan Underwood and Matt Gurtler garnered the most votes in the highly contested field of nine candidates. With all in-person votes tallied, Underwood had 26 percent of the vote with Gurtler receiving 24 percent.
A runoff also appeared likely in the Democratic race, but Brooke Siskin made a late surge in the final tally of in-person votes to cross the majority threshold at 54 percent of the vote. Challenger Devin Pandy stood at 28 points with in-person votes and will need a spike in absentee votes in his favor to force a runoff.
State House, District 9
A runoff for the District 9 Republican candidate looks likely between Steve Leibel and Will Wade. Leibel had 32 percent of in-person votes ahead of Wade with 22 points.
The winner of the runoff will face Sharon Ravert, who ran uncontested on the Democratic ballot.
State House, District 22
A tight race for the Democratic nominee will come down to absentee votes with Charles Ravenscraft and Bobbi Simpson separated by just 46 votes. With in-person votes tallied, Simpson led Ravenscraft with 53 points.
Republican incumbent Wes Cantrell ran unopposed on the Republican ticket.
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, District 4
Incumbent Cindy Jones Mills leads the race to retain her District 4 seat on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. With all precincts reporting, Mills has received 59 percent of the vote over Kenny Anderson (18.4 percent), Amy Barfield (17.4 percent) and Brandy Bevis (5.3 percent).
Forsyth County Board of Education, District 3
Incumbent Tom Cleveland holds a lopsided lead to retain his Board of Education seat. Cleveland received 80 percent on in-person votes over challenger Barry Herrin.
Forsyth County Board of Education, District 5
With all in-person votes tallied, Lindsey Adams appears to have clinched the District 5 seat with 84 points with challenger Bibi Lopez standing at 16 percent.
Forsyth County Coroner
Paul Holbrook appears to have won the race for Forsyth County Coroner. With all in-person votes tallied, Holbrook led challenger Ted Paxton by 26 points.