ATLANTA, GA — Early voting for Georgia’s primary election runoffs began Monday and will run most days through July 20 in advance of the July 24 election day.
Primary races yet to be decided in the state include the Republican contests for governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state. On the Democratic side, the race for state school superintendent nominee will be settled in a runoff, as will congressional races in metro Atlanta’s 6th and 7th districts.
In Georgia, if no candidate in an election with multiple candidates earns more than 50 percent of votes, a runoff election between the top two finishers is required to select a winner. That was the case in several high-profile races in Georgia’s May 22 primaries.
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Most notable is the Republican contest for governor. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was the top vote-getter in the May 22 primary, earning about 39 percent of the vote, compared to 26 percent for second-place finisher, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Recent polls have shown Cagle and Kemp neck-and-neck in the race to face Democrat Stacey Abrams, the state House Democratic leader who defeated challenger Stacey Evans handily, with more than 75 percent of the vote.
The AJC reports that a recent survey of likely voters by Alabama consulting firm Cygnal showed Cagle leading Kemp 44-43 percent — well within the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error.
State Sen. David Shafer nearly avoided a runoff, but finished with 48 percent of the vote to replace Cagle on primary day, meaning he faces state Rep. Geoff Duncan, who took about 26 percent of the vote, in the runoff. The winner will face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico for state government’s No. 2 spot.
And in the GOP race to replace Kemp as Secretary of State, David Belle Isle and Brad Raffensperger will face off for the right to take on former Congressman John Barrow, who won the Democratic primary outright.
Democratic voters will choose between Otha Thornton Jr. and Sid Chapman to face incumbent Republican State School Superintendent Richard Woods in the Nov. 6 General Election.
In north metro’s 6th Congressional District, which Republican Rep. Karen Handel won narrowly over Democrat Jon Osoff in a special election last year, Democrats will choose between Kevin Abel and Lucy McBath to challenge Handel just months later.
The special election was held to replace Rep. Tom Price, who briefly served as President Donald Trump’s Health and Hunan Service secretary before leaving the post amidst a scandal over his use of expensive private jets.
In the 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, Carolyn Bourdeaux and David Kim face off for the right to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Woodall.
About Early Voting
To check your voter registration status and find your nearest polling place, visit the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. Voters may also download the “GA SOS” app to check registration, view a sample ballot, find their voting location or request an absentee ballot. If you voted in the May 22 primary, you must vote in the same party’s primary for the runoff. Voters who didn’t participate in the primary may choose to vote in either the Democratic or Republican runoff.For specific times and locations for early voting, find your county’s information here.
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