James Hale of DeKalb County won the Democratic nomination for State Representative of the 40th legislative district Thursday, narrowly defeating Jamie Winkler of Smith County in the state primary 3,286 to 3,229, a difference of 57 votes.
Hale will now take on Republican State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver in the November General Election.
It was no contest in DeKalb County with Hale beating Winkler 1,661 (86%) to 269 (13%). Hale carried all sixteen precincts as well as the early voting and absentees. Hale also defeated Winkler in Macon County 576 to 429. But in Smith County, Winkler won 2,531 to 1,049 for Hale.
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Representative Weaver, who was re-nominated in the Republican state primary without opposition Thursday, received 1,289 complimentary votes in DeKalb County. In Macon County, Weaver polled 2,780 votes and she received 2,309 votes in Smith County for a total of 6,378.Read the rest of this article