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Rice, Clark big winners in Republican House races

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Many of the seven Republican primary races for the state House of Representatives were close calls in Gwinnett, preliminary results show.

House District 51, which branches out of Gwinnett, showed incumbent Tom Rice, of Peachtree Corners, in a commanding lead with 74 percent of votes. Forty-five percent of precincts had reported at deadline Wednesday morning.

With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting in Gwinnett, preliminary results showed:

* House District 98: Buford resident and businessman Josh Clark appeared to cruise to victory over former Gwinnett County Chairman Wayne Hill, capturing 71 percent of votes.

* House District 101: Former Gwinnett Republican Party chairman Buzz Brockway appears to have bested political newcomer Jesse Jones with 70 percent of votes.

* House District 102: The race was closer here, where four Lilburn residents vied for Clay Cox's House seat.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, BJ Pak (35 percent) led Linda Carsten (26 percent) and Keith A. Royal (24).

* House District 103: Incumbent David Casas captured 68 percent of votes over Steve Ramey.

* House District 104: Valerie Clark, a retired Central Gwinnett High School principal, captured 57 percent of votes against two challengers.

* House District 106: In a showdown between former Snellville dignitaries, former Mayor Brett Harrell held 54 percent of votes against Warren Auld, previously a city councilman.