DAWSONVILLE — In the race to fill the District 9 seat in the state House of Representatives, Kevin Tanner pulled away from Clint Smith by a wide margin in the Republican primary.
Tanner received 6,230 votes, or 67 percent, to Smith’s 3,068 votes, or nearly 33 percent, in the district.
With no Democrat running in November, Tanner will succeed Amos Amerson of Dahlonega, who did not to seek re-election.
Both Tanner and Smith, a former state representative, are residents of Dawson County, which anchors the district.
It also includes a small corner of northeastern Forsyth County and part of Lumpkin County, which Tanner carried.
Tanner, 40, Dawson County’s manager, won Forsyth by a 64 to 36 percent split. He received 352 votes, while Smith got 202 votes.
“Having served my community for almost 23 years, I was humbled by the outpouring of support I received from the voters today, and I’ll continue to work extremely hard as their representative in Atlanta,” Tanner said.