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Election day turnout for Bulloch is expected to be good

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Shontay Jones is expecting a long day today.
    The deputy voter registrar for Bulloch County will be at her office by 7 a.m. and will be there until at least 7 p.m., when the polls close, offering whatever assistance is needed to the poll workers at the various precincts.
    Election officials are estimating a good turnout in Bulloch County for today's general election that features two local County Commission races as well as a hotly-contested race for Georgia's 12th Congressional District and a Governor's race.
    "I think we'll get about 53 percent, maybe a little more," said Lee DeLoach, election superintendent for Bulloch County.
    Statewide, officials are predicting a 48 percent turnout.
    Already, 1,641 people voted last week during the early voting period, including nearly 500 who voted on Friday.
    "We had a pretty good turnout for the general election," Jones said. "They kept us busy."
    Jones said this year's early voting paled in comparison to two years ago for the presidential election when 3,741 people voted in the week prior to the election.
    In the local races, Republican Walter Gibson is facing Democrat Carlos Brown for County Commission Post 2B while Republican Robert Rushing and Democrat Bobby Williams are squaring off to fill Post 2D, which is being vacated by Bill Smith.
    In addition to the local races, the contest to represent this district in the United States House of Representatives has drawn national interest as Democrat John Barrow faces Max Burns in a rematch of the 2004 election.
    President George W. Bush has been to the district twice, including Statesboro last week, to campaigning for Burns. Republicans see the seat as one they can take back from the Democrats in an otherwise bleak outlook for the GOP.
    Democrats need a net gain of 15 seats in the House of Representatives to take control of that house of Congress and some analysts have predicted the Democrats taking control of the House.
    Both Burns and Barrow were in Statesboro Monday doing last-minute campaigning, with Barrow visiting local businesses downtown while Burns and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) were at Statesboro High School making a presentation to students who couldn't get in to Hanner Fieldhouse last week to see Bush.
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