As of Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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Staff Photo: John Bohn Incumbent Mike Beaudreau, District 3 Gwinnett Board of Commissioners, checks election results Tuesday night during a gathering of his supporters at Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville.
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LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mike Beaudreau's hopes for an outright win in the Republican primary were dashed late Tuesday, sending the incumbent District 3 commissioner to a runoff to decide if he gets a third term.
Beaudreau still described his big lead -- with just under 10,000 votes or about 47.3 percent -- as a "knockout" in the four-man race.
But the unofficial numbers at about 1 a.m. Wednesday showed Beaudreay is headed to an Aug. 21 showdown with second-place finisher Tommy Hunter.
"I appreciate the voter's vote of confidence," he said, saying that negative tactics taken by opponents did not work. "It looks like we have one more election to win."
Hunter, who ran against Beaudreau in his first campaign in 2004, said he is excited about continuing his campaign.
"I'll stick with the same message: real world experience ... and caring about this place where I live," the former county employee who lives in Buford said. "I'm doing this because of (the people). It's for all of us, so we can get this county back the way it used to be."
According to the late numbers, Hunter had 4,610 votes, a 341-vote lead over former Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer. Dacula man Mike Korom came in with about 10 percent.