Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LOGANVILLE -- Tuesday was a long day for Tom Kirby, but worth the wait.
It was after 11:30 p.m. by the time Gwinnett votes were counted in a runoff for House District 107, a district divided between it and Walton County. But with all Gwinnett and Walton votes tallied, Kirby bested Paul Smith for the seat, unofficially taking 52 percent of the votes.
"It's been a long day since we started this morning putting out signs at polling places," said Kirby, who came in second place in last month's special election.
Unofficial results gave Kirby 3,484 votes to Smith's 3,214. He topped Smith in Gwinnett -- where the latter had taken more than 50 percent of the vote in the February election -- by just 26 votes.
The final count in Gwinnett was Kirby's 2,060 to Smith's 2,034.
When only early and absentee votes from Gwinnett were posted online after 11 p.m., both candidates wondered what the hold up was.
"There's no explanation for it from our vantage point," Smith said before the local tallies were all posted at once. "We're only speculating that there's some sort of glitch or problem they're having."
By the end though, Kirby was "much better" and ready for bed.
"It feels great, I'll be honest with you," he said. "I'm tired and my knees are sore. I've walked so many subdivisions. I just can't thank the people that have supported me and helped me enough."