Results from Banks, Barrow, Jackson and Madison counties:
7:45 p.m. State is reporting early results from Oglethorpe County with Sen. Ralph Hudgens having a heavy lead. Other counties not reporting yet.
8:10 p.m. All three state amendments, including the TAD amendment which is being promoted by Braselton leaders, are receiving a heavy "No" vote in early statewide results.
8:17 p.m. Early results have Jackson County US Representative candidate Bobby Saxon trailing incumbent Paul Broun 65% to 35%.
8:36 p.m. State is reporting Jackson County has 7 of 18 precincts reporting for the presidential race with McCain leading the county 2,058 to Obama's 670.
8:50 p.m. Early results in Banks, Barrow, Jackson and Madison hold few surprises so far. In Banks County, long-time incumbent Democrat state representative Jeanette Jamieson is trailing Republican challenger Michael Harden 1,869 to 1,113. She is also trailing in Franklin and Stephens counties.
8:59 p.m. With 2 of 5 district precincts reporting in Barrow County, incumbent county commissioner Bill Healan is trailing Republican challenger Steve Worley 555 to 375.
9:11 p.m. In Madison County, the race for sheriff is very close with 6 out of 14 precincts reporting; incumbent Clayton Lowe is leading by less than 50 votes over challenger Kip Thomas.
9:22 p.m. It doesn't pay to be a Democrat in Banks, Barrow, Jackson and Madison counties.... Republican lead in most races 2-1 or 3-1. The only exceptions with about half the votes cast are the race for sheriff in Madison County where incumbent Democrat Clayton Lowe has a very small lead and the tax commissioners race in Banks County where incumbent Margaret Ausburn has the lead. In the BOC District 3 race in Barrow County incumbent Democrat Bill Healan is trailing by a small margin to Republican Steve Worley in a race Healan was expected to carry easily. More precincts to come on that race, however.
9:35 p.m. Looks like longtime Democratic state Representative Jeanette Jamieson will fall to Republican challenger Michael Harden. The District 28 House seat appears to be solidly Republican now, based on the returns so far tonight. If the trend holds, the state will lose one of its most colorful legislators.
9:40 p.m. Madison County incumbent sheriff Clayton Lowe has just fallen behind challenger Kip Thomas with 9 of 14 precincts reporting. Thomas is the Republican in the tight race.
9:45 p.m. One of the few local Democrats to fare well so far tonight has been incumbent Madison County tax commissioner Louise Watson who has a comfortable lead over Republican challenger Kathy Stamps.
9:46 p.m. BANKS COUNTY COMPLETED: McCain led Obama 5,114-1,026; Chambliss led Martin 4,264-1,512; Broun led Saxon 4,455-1,503; Harden led Jamieson 3,826-2,243; Ausburn (the only winning Democrat) led 3,474-2,568; and Brown led Kenedy 4,055-1,861. The BOC change passed 4,070-1,869.
10:05 p.m. Worley continues to lead Healan in the Barrow County in the District 3 BOC race, but absentee votes are yet to go. This race could be very close at the end.
10:15 p.m. In the Madison County sheriff's race, challenger Thomas leads incumbent Lowe by a thin 71 votes with 13 of 14 precincts reporting.
10:30 p.m. With 76% of state precincts reporting, all three Constitutional Amendments are failing, but the TAD amendment (#2) is very close.
11 p.m. MADISON COUNTY COMPLETE: Thomas defeates incumbent Lowe for sheriff 5,576-5,505. More results at www.MadisonJournalTODAY.com.
11:01 p.m. CNN CALLS BARACK OBAMA THE WINNER OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.
11:27 p.m. With one precinct left, it appears that Steve Worley has upset incumbent BOC District 3 commissioner Bill Healan with a 56%-44% lead. Jud Smith held a 3-1 lead over James B. Bonnemer, Sr.