A lot of work went into the campaigns for the state legislature and for the 1st Congressional District, but when the votes came in, the status quo held true with the re-election of Republican state Reps. Don Hogan and Jeff Jones — both of St. Simons Island, state Sen. William Ligon, R-White Oak, and U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter.
“It’s a very humbling experience, and I look forward to serving the people of Glynn County again up at the statehouse, and having a positive outcome of some of the stuff that I want to work on up there,” Hogan said late Tuesday night. He added that he will do everything he can to work for local residents in the General Assembly.
Jordan said she came away from her effort with a positive view of the potential of the county’s residents.
“I think I learned that a lot of people want to see this county work together to get things done, and I think a lot of people want to make their voices heard and don’t think they’re being heard,” Jordan said. “I think we saw, basically, we haven’t had a Democrat run in over 10 years, and I think we showed going from basically nothing, to turning out an enormous amount of votes — over 20,000 people voted in this district, which is way up from what it usually is, so I think it motivated voters.
“I think there’s a lot of need out there, and I’ve seen some things we need to do better in this county. One of those things is to make everybody’s voices heard. I think we can move forward with this, and hopefully Republicans will know there’s another voice out there, and they’ll start listening, and that we can all start working together to make things better in this county.”
Of all the races, Hogan’s had the potential for unusual results because of the strength shown by Democratic nominee Julie Jordan’s campaign over the course of the year. According to the campaign finance disclosure reports, Jordan raised more money than Hogan in 2018, from a contributor pool of significant size.
Jordan still came in at 40.95 percent — 8,187 votes to Hogan’s 11,808 — which over performed compared to other Democratic efforts in the Glynn County. The Democratic average came in at around 33 percent.
Due to the late hour of the results, The News was unable to get post-campaign comments from the other candidates.
Both Jones’ and Ligon’s districts include other counties — Jones has parts of Glynn, McIntosh and Long, while Ligon’s includes Glynn along with Brantley, Camden, Charlton and McIntosh. Around 1:20 a.m., Jones showed 68.11 percent to Democratic nominee Cedric Z. King’s 31.89 percent, and Ligon had 68.58 percent to Democratic challenger Jerrold Dagen’s 31.42 percent.
Carter, with 95 percent of precincts reporting, showed a victory over Democratic nominee Lisa Ring, by 58.61 percent to 41.39 percent. Breaking 40 percent meant that it was the best Democratic showing in the district in 26 years — since Jack Kingston won his first term in 1992. In that election, a pickup win for the GOP in an open seat, Democratic nominee Barbara Christmas finished with 42.18 percent of the vote.
In a statement posted to Facebook early Wednesday morning, Carter thanked the voters of the 1st District.
“As your representative, I will continue to fight for our 1st District values like supporting our ports, military bases, veterans and agricultural community,” Carter said. “I will also continue our mission for more affordable and accessible health care.
“As I always say, the 1st District is the greatest place in the world and I commit to you that I will work every day to make sure it stays that way.”