ATLANTA -- It looks like the third time wasn't lucky for incumbent Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell.
In making his bid for a third term, Bell stumbled in the July 31st primary election, coming in second to challenger Jeff Turner.
In Tuesday's runoff, Turner beat him by better than a two-to-one margin.
In a sense, it was payback for Turner.
Bell, a former Atlanta Police Chief, forced Turner out of his job as Clayton County Police Chief in 2009.
Now Turner will get Bell's job since there is no Republican challenger in November.
Another reason Bell may have lost was his outspoken support for T-SPLOST, the transportation sales tax that failed dismally on July 31st.
On the other side of metro Atlanta, incumbent Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee also suffered shrapnel damage from the T-SPLOST explosion.