Tight race for Cobb County chairman

Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim LeeCobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee speaks in Kennesaw, Ga., on April 12, 2012.

It’s too close to call in Cobb County.

In what is likely a referendum on the new Atlanta Braves stadium near Smyrna, Ga., more than half of Republican primary voters cast ballots today for someone other than incumbent Tim Lee, who engineered the Braves’ relocation from Atlanta starting in 2017.

With 129 of 144 precincts reporting, Lee had 40.5 percent of votes. Retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce had just under 49 percent.

If the vote holds and no candidate picks up a majority of the ballots cast, the race will head to a runoff. A third candidate, Larry savage, garnered 10.5 percent of the vote.

Lee defeated Boyce and Savage in 2012.

In another Cobb County race, incumbent Commissioner Bob Ott maintained a sizable lead over Jonathan Page in the District 2 Republican primary. With 34 of 39 precincts reporting, Ott had 67.4 percent of the vote.

No Democrats are running in District 2.

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