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A couple of voters wait outside before entering the Newton County Library on Floyd Street to vote Tuesday. A check at various other precincts in Newton and Rockdale Tuesday showed no voters waiting in line.

CONYERS — Rockdale County voters demonstrated their Democratic preferences Tuesday, voting overwhelmingly in favor of Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in runoff elections.

With all 16 precincts reporting, as of 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, Ossoff had 72.36% of Rockdale votes, compared to incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue with 27.64%. There were 40,146 total votes cast.

Warnock garnered 72.56% of votes, compared to Senator Kelly Loeffler’s 27.44%. There were 40,154 votes cast in the election in Rockdale County.

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In Newton County, with 22 of 22 precincts reporting, Democrats again carried the runoff, although the margins were closer than in Rockdale.

Ossoff earned 51.65% of votes to Perdue’s 48.35%. There were 35,149 total votes cast.

Warnock received 51.94% of votes, compared to Loeffler’s 48.06%. There were 35,161 votes cast.

Due to heavy turnout during early and absentee balloting, there were short wait times — or no waiting at all — at the polls in Rockdale and Newton on Tuesday.

All results are unofficial and incomplete until the elections are certified.

Statewide, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Perdue held a slight lead over Ossoff, 50.74% to 49,26% with 117 of 159 counties counted.

Loeffler also held a slight lead over her Democrat challenger at 10 p.m. Loeffler had 50.36% of the vote to Warnock’s 49.65%.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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