Robert Dickey appears to have avoided a run-off in Tuesday's special election to fill the House District 136 seat.
With 99% of precincts reporting Dickey had 50.4 percent of the vote, 43.3 percent for Judye Sellier, and 6.2 percent for Sharon Howard.
That margin would be enough for Dickey to avoid a runoff and claim the seat of the late representative Tony Sellier, who died in November.
"I look forward to serving and listening to the people, getting to Atlanta, and doing what I said I'd do when I got there," Dickey told 13WMAZ in a studio interview Tuesday night.
Dickey had 1914 votes compared to 1643 for Sellier and 237 votes for Howard, who finished a distant third.
"I wish him well, good luck, and congratulations," Sellier says.
After the count came in, the Fort Valley Republican said she was proud of the campaign she ran.
"This was fast and furious, and we jumped in it and gave it all we had," Sellier says.