Underdog Broun headed for win in Ga. special election

Physician Paul BrounPaul Collins BrounHundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia California lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment MORE (R) appeared on the verge of a major upset Wednesday morning in Georgia’s 10th congressional district special election runoff.

Broun led favored state Sen. Jim Whitehead (R) by 373 votes out of more than 46,000 cast with 98 percent of precincts reporting.


Only military, overseas and provisional ballots remain to be counted. They are due Friday.

Broun led 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent, meaning the race could well be headed for a recount. A recount is triggered when the difference is less than 1 percent.

Last month, Broun narrowly made the runoff with 21 percent, edging a Democrat by less than half a percent. Whitehead took 45 percent of the vote -- just shy of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.

The candidates appeared to accept the likely final result late yesterday. It would be a victory for the Athens area, from which Broun hails.

Whitehead hails from Augusta and had the backing of former Rep. Charles Norwood’s (R-Ga.) staff and supporters, who wanted to keep the campaign office in their area.

Norwood passed away earlier this year, making the special election necessary. 

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Secretary of State said turnout was about 13.5 percent. Turnout in last month’s special election was 16 percent.