Huggins wins Alto special election; Trump, Biden sweep party primaries

The story has been updated to clarify the vote count in the Alto special election.

It appears P.J. Huggins will return to the Alto City Council. Mere months after being defeated in her reelection bid for mayor, Huggins appears to have won Tuesday’s special election for the Post 1 City Council seat left vacant by Carolyn Cabe’s death.

According to unofficial returns, Huggins won Tuesday’s special election by one vote over John Smith. Huggins received 30 votes to Smith’s 29.

According to the Election Summary Report released by the Habersham County Elections Office, 60 votes were cast, but only 59 were counted. The Elections Office explained Wednesday afternoon that 60 votes were cast for the Presidential Preference Primary but one voter did not cast a ballot in the Alto special election.

MORE: Unofficial election returns from Habersham County

Presidential Preference Primary

In other primary night news, Donald Trump swept the Republican presidential preference primary in Habersham County. The former president received 4,356 of the 4,843 votes cast.

Nikki Haley received 407 votes. Other vote-getters include:

Ryan L. Binkley – 2
Christ Christie – 5
Ron DeSantis – 49
Asa Hutchinson – 2
Perry Johnson – 1
Vivek Ramaswamy – 6
Tim Scott – 14
David Stuckenberg – 1

Haley’s name and those of the other nine contenders who ran in the GOP primary remained on the ballot, although they all dropped out of the race ahead of Georgia’s primary.

In Habersham County’s Democratic presidential preference primary, President Joe Biden received 367 votes. Dean Phillips garnered 18 votes and Marianne Williamson 15. Both of them suspended their campaigns before Tuesday.

Statewide results

With 62% of the votes counted in Georgia, Donald Trump had 376,278 votes in the GOP primary. Biden had 199,470.

With his primary wins on Super Tuesday, Biden officially secured enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Trump, too, is on track to secure his party’s nomination.

Democrats will hold their nominating convention in Chicago in August. Wisconsin will host the Republican national convention in July.

For complete statewide presidential preference primary results and county-by-county returns, click here.

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