It’s 2:30 AM and President Elect Donald J. Trump hasn’t yet given his victory speech, but rest be assured either tonight or this morning he will.  What a shock as nearly every national poll was proven wrong with Trump securing a monumental victory, one that was hardly in doubt after Florida skewed red early on in the night.

Trump wins in Georgia, as he did in literally every Southern state outside of Virginia.  A win by nearly 6 points is slightly less than the margin Mitt Romney won by in 2012.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson had an even easier time, with his race (by a 15 point margin) being called around 9:30 PM.  With a full roster of who’s who in Georgia Republican politics behind him on stage, Isakson gave a glowing victory speech to an electric GOP crowd at the party’s election party in Buckhead.

No incumbent Congressman lost, and in the only seat up for grabs Republican Drew Ferguson cruised to an easy win over opponent Angela Pendley by nearly 40 points (!).

In the state legislature only a few races were truly up for grabs.

State Senate District 43 Rep. Janice Van Ness (R), who won the majority Democratic seat in a surprising 2015 special election, was soundly defeated by Tonya Anderson.

In perhaps the most heated race of the night state Republican Meagan Hanson appears to have defeated Democrat Taylor Bennett by less than 200 votes.  Stay tuned for more on this race tomorrow.

The infamous Vernon Jones won in HD-91, while in HD-101 Democrat Samuel Clark looks to have pulled out a slim upset over Republican incumbent Valerie Park 51% to 49%.  District 105 was similarly close, with Republican Joyce Chandler squeaking out a win by fewer than a single percentage point.

As for the Constitutional Amendments, (which we will further cover this week) there was a mixed bag of success.  Amendment 1, the ‘Opportunity School District’ amendment, was soundly defeated.  The other three, including the establishment of a new Judicial Qualifications Commission, passed with relative ease.

Democrats had at least one bright spot on the night in the city of Atlanta where the TSPLOST to expand MARTA and improve other facets of public transportation passed with flying colors, doubling up the opposing vote.

More to come on that and all the other votes to come this week.


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