LAWRENCEVILLE — A current criminal investigation wasn't enough to deter voters from making sure Don Balfour retained his title as the longest-serving Republican in Georgia's Senate.
Balfour, a Republican from Snellville, was re-elected Tuesday to the District 9 Senate seat he's held since 1992. With 95 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Balfour had totaled just over 61 percent of the votes.
Democratic challenger Scott Drake had accumulated 25,870 votes, good for the remaining 39 percent.
Balfour, 55, is currently under criminal investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for allegedly filing false expense account reports. He has called the matter an "inadvertent mistake."
Balfour is the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, serves on the Appropriations Committee, Education Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee.
He did not respond to the Daily Post's interview requests throughout his campaign.
Drake, 50, told the Daily Post previously that Balfour was "the personification of everything wrong with the General Assembly."
District 9 covers Gwinnett from the Mountain Park area to Lawrenceville and through Dacula.