With Labor Day behind us, football is back and political campaigns are starting the sprint to Election Day.
But for the top two political contests this year in Georgia, Nov. 4 may not be the end of the campaigns.
That’s because few are ruling out that the races for Georgia’s Governor and the U.S. Senate won’t go to a runoff. And depending on the outcome, that could stretch the election season into the next calendar year.
To avoid a runoff, Georgia’s Republican Governor Nathan Deal will have to pull more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day.
The same holds true for either Democrat Michelle Nunn or Republican David Perdue, who are vying for the open U.S. Senate seat that Saxby Chambliss is vacating.
Thursday on All Things Considered, Rickey Bevington continues her interview series with Georgia’s candidates for Agriculture Commissioner. Kevin Cherry is a Certified Pest Control Operator and a Libertarian seeking to replace Tommy Irvin, who has held the seat for 42 years. Cherry tells Rickey that after nearly a half-century under Irvin, the Department needs updating.
Georgia Libertarian candidate Rhonda Martini has withdrawn from the race for lieutenant governor. Martini reportedly left the race Wednesday to deal with family issues. Georgia law allows a party to choose a new candidate in the event of a withdrawal. The Times newspaper of Gainesville reports that Dan Barber of Buford appeared as the new Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor late Wednesday on the secretary of state's website.