District Attorney Elect Ben Coker
District Attorney Elect Ben Coker

Assistant District Attorney Ben Coker with 57 percent of the vote has been elected district attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit after defeating Fayette County lawyer and former assistant district attorney Rudjard Hayes in Tuesday’s Republican Primary Election runoff.

There is no Democratic district attorney challenger on the November ballot.

Hayes won 5,524, or about 67 percent, of the 8,284 votes cast in Fayette, but Coker carried Spalding 3,368 to 1,761 (66 percent), Pike 1,277 to 234 (85 percent), and his home county Upson 2,752 to 133 (95 percent). In total, Coker garnered 10,157 votes to Hayes’ 7,652.

West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson outpaced State Senator Mike Crane in the Republican race for Third District U.S. Congress with nearly 54 percent of the vote. The Third District includes portions of 13 counties, including Fayette, Coweta, Carroll, Harris, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Mariwether, Muscogee, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson.

Ferguson now faces Democrat Angela Pendley in November, with Ferguson expected to be the winner in a mostly Republican district.

Karen Mathiak defeated incumbent 73rd District State Representative John Yates with 56 percent of the vote. That district includes precincts in Fayette, Spalding and Henry counties. There is no Democratic challenger on the November ballot.

Debra Bazemore and Linda Pritchett in the 63rd District runoff split the Fayette vote almost evenly 320 to 336, respectively, but Bazemore won the three-county race with 51 percent of the vote. The district includes a few precincts in Fayette and several more in Clayton and Fulton counties. There is no Republican challenger on the November ballot.

See Saturday’s print editions of Fayette County News and Today in Peachtree City for complete election results.