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May 21, 2014

Runoff for Blevins, Wilbanks

Incumbent David Blevins and Dalton Municipal Court Judge Jim Wilbanks are headed to a runoff to decide who will be the next Superior Court judge of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit, which includes Whitfield and Murray counties.

Blevins received 3,642 votes (35.38 percent), Wilbanks received 4,780 votes (46.44 percent) and Scott Helton received 1,871 votes (18.18 percent). Those numbers are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State’s office and do not include any provisional ballots.

Blevins said heading to a runoff, scheduled for July 22, is what he had anticipated in a three-person race.

“You always hope it will turn out better than that,” he said. “The only thing that surprised me really was the vote in Murray County. It was a little more in Jim’s favor than I thought it would be.”

Blevins said he will take a day off and then continue with campaigning as he had been.

“I really want to thank my supporters, the friends I’ve made in Whitfield and Murray counties,” he said.

Wilbanks said he feels blessed by Tuesday’s numbers.

“I’m very thankful for all the voters in Murray and Whitfield County,” he said. “I look forward to talking to all of them over the next several weeks and telling them why they should vote for me.”

Wilbanks said he and his supporters will step up their campaign and work harder.

Helton congratulated the two men headed to the runoff.

“Good luck to them,” he said.

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