Voters Will Fill Norwood Seat in Today’s Election

Posted July 17, 2007 at 10:17am

Voters in Georgia’s 10th district head to the polls today to decide who will succeed the late Rep. Charlie Norwood (R).

Former state Sen. Jim Whitehead (R) and physician Paul Broun (R) are squaring off in the runoff, after no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote in last month’s crowded all-party special election.

Whitehead, who finished first with 44 percent of the vote in the June 19 special, is considered the heavy favorite to win the seat. He has the support of Norwood’s widow as well as much of the late Congressman’s campaign apparatus.

Broun is the son of a former Democratic state Senator. His base is in the heavily Democratic Athens area, while Whitehead hails from Norwood’s political base in Augusta.

Turnout today is projected to be less than 10 percent.
— Lauren W. Whittington