Legislative losers in Tuesday's elections

ATLANTA – There was a whole lotta shakin' going on under Georgia's Gold Dome in Tuesday's primary election.

Two of the state's longest serving State Senators, one from each party, both lost their seats.

And a pair of relatively new Republican State House members got the ax as well for some rookie mistakes.

"I don't play the politic game that much," said Cherokee County Rep. Sam Moore just one week into his first term last February.

He pleaded inexperience after he was publicly condemned by several House colleagues for introducing a loitering bill that would have allowed sex offenders access to schools, churches and playgrounds.

In fact, Moore may have played so little politics that he may now hold the record for the shortest legislative career in state history.

After serving less than half a term, he was ousted in Tuesday's primary, coming in third to minister Wes Cantrell and school teacher Meagan Biello, who will face each other in a July 22 runoff for Moore's seat.

"Dirty, sleazy politics at its worst," is how Marietta attorney and political novice Bert Sessions described a last minute mystery robocall wrongly claiming he favored marriage rights for all genders.

He won a close race against incumbent Republican Rep. Charles Gregory, with both blaming each other for the call.

Both say they want the source investigated.

Gwinnett County's Don Balfour, the longest serving Republican in the State Senate, lost his seat after 22 years.

Even though he won a fraud trial over bad expense reports, the Snellville Waffle House executive came in third to former county commissioner Michael Beaudreau and former Lawrenceville Councilman Peter Martin, who'll face each other in the July runoff.

Cobb County Democrat Steve Thompson, the longest serving member of the State Senate, lost his seat by only about 150 votes to political newcomer Michael Rhett, an Air Force Reservist.


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