Three seats under the Gold Dome are up for grabs in special elections today in local races scattered throughout the state.  With the 2016 legislative session just around the corner, we’ll find out later tonight who, (most) of the newest faces at the State Capitol will be.

In Columbia County’s HD 122, Ross Tolleson’s seat will be filled by either former County Commissioner Mack Taylor or registered nurse Jodi Lott, who emerged from a crowded primary field to face one another in today’s runoff.  The candidates, both Republicans in a heavily red district, appear to be on the same page in most issues, with the one exception being the hot-topic Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that figures to be a big deal in Atlanta in 2016.  Will today’s vote be something of a referendum on the issue?  Too early to say, but what we do know is that there will be a new State Representative crowned tonight. 

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