Close Races and High Voter Turnout for Sullivan County

Published 05/07 2014 04:28PM

Updated 05/08 2014 12:21AM

Sullivan County voter turnout was high in Tuesday's Primary Election. Thirty-six percent of registered voters turned out. That's more votes cast than in the 2012 primary which included the presidential ballot.

County Clerk Peggy Goodman said she thinks high voter turnout could have been due to the judge and sheriff's races.

There was a 29 vote difference for the Democrat race for Judge of Superior Court.

We saw a close race for sheriff's on the Republican ballot. Patrick Fulford was favored over Johnnie Waterman by less than one percent. On the Democrat ballot, Clark Cottom received the most votes at 1,138... but there wasn't a huge margin. David Ray Haddix and Jim Pirtle were right behind him. Billy Sneed received 664 votes.

Sullivan County favored Senator John Waterman over Eric Bassler. Bassler came out on top once votes were collected from all seven counties part of that race.

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