The polls closed at 7 p.m. In a few hours, we should know the winners of three races that impact Paulding.
Countywide, voters had the chance to weigh in on Paulding's chief magistrate race, which saw Dan Collins challenging incumbent Martin Valbuena after the latter took 47.1 percent of the vote in the July 31 primary—not enough to stave off a runoff. Collins had the second-highest vote total among Valbuena's three challengers, which put him in the runoff.
Two other races that should be settled tonight impact only portions of the county. The first has State Sen. Bill Heath facing a challenge from Bill Carruth. Voters in Paulding, Haralson and Polk counties will help determine the winner, who will be set to take office in January as no Democrats nor independents sought the seat.
And only one Paulding precinct's voters will factor into the House District 66 race, which has Michael "Mike" Miller facing Bob Snelling. The two are vying to become the Republican candidate for the newly created district; Kimberly Alexander, a Democrat from Dallas, will face tonight's winner in November’s general election.
Return to Dallas-Hiram Patch for updated results throughout the night.
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