LAWRENCEVILLE - A close battle between county commission candidates won't end until a runoff.
On Tuesday, incumbent District 4 Commissioner Kevin Kenerly garnered the most votes, but he only got about 39 percent of them, well below the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.
Jodie Elizabeth Rosser came in at 34, percent, taking the second slot and beating out Butch Poss, who got 27 percent, with all precincts tallied.
"It was something we were always planning for," Rosser said, referring to the runoff. "We're looking forward to it."
Kenerly was hoping to win the election out-right, since runoffs haven't been kind to incumbents in Gwinnett the past several years.
Two years ago, Kenerly was left as the longest-serving politician on the Board of Commissioners.
Then, all of the incumbents lost bids for office.
Kenerly was seeking a fourth term as a county commissioner, but he'll have to wait another three weeks to know if he'll even be on the general election ballot.
The winner of the Aug. 8 runoff will face John Kenney, a Democrat who ran unopposed in the primary.
Watching the election results at a family farm outside Hoschton, he watched the results come in slowly but tried to pay attention to where the precincts were located.
He said he felt strongest in the precincts north of Interstate 85.
"I'm always nervous," Kenerly said as he fielded phone calls and checked Web sites. "You don't know who's going to vote. A very few people decide who's going to run the county."