Early voting numbers for the July 22 runoff are in. The majority of ballots have been received, though mail-in absentee ballots can still be cast. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement Monday that 159,152 ballots have already been cast. That number includes 134,267 ballots in which people voted in person plus 24,885 mail-in ballots returned. Kemp says that number is about 13 percent of eligible voters. He predicts the Republican runoff could see double digit turnout due to higher profile races.
Seven candidates started out the race, but only two will take it to the finish line. Republican Senate hopefuls David Perdue and Jack Kingston will face off again in the July runoff when voters will choose which GOP candidate will represent them in the general election.
The earliest primary election in Georgia history wrapped up early Wednesday morning with unofficial results sending candidates to victory speeches or home for the rest of the 2014 election season. Republican incumbent Governor Nathan Deal and Democratic U.S Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn secured their nominations handily. Other candidates didn’t have such a clear sweep to victory, and will face a runoff on July 22 to determine who goes to the November general election. Here are the final results of a few key races in Tuesday’s primaries.
Friday, state lawmakers cast the final vote needed to move Georgia’s primary election from July to May. The House vote was nearly unanimous—159 to one—to move up Georgia’s primary. Lawmakers chose May 20 to coincide with federal races after a U.S. District Court judge ruled the state needed to allow more time for military and other citizens overseas to cast their ballots.
Former Secretary of State Karen Handel is a familiar name to many Georgians. She won that statewide race and gave Gov. Nathan Deal a close contest in 2010. Now she’s hoping to capitalize on the statewide name recognition and base of support in the crowded Republican primary for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat. Handel told GPB people want someone in Washington they trust who is a problem-solver.
Voters across the state are casting ballots for local elections as well as for a transportation penny sales tax, Democratic and Republican ballot questions, the Public Service Commissioner race, and some Congressional districts.
More than 250,000 Georgia voters cast early ballots ahead of Tuesday's primary elections. Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said Friday that 255,787 Georgians voted in-person between the time early voting began July 9 and Thursday.
Early voting begins July 9th for the primary election. Gail Schrader, supervisor of the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections, says they aren’t expecting a big turnout for the primary because there aren’t a lot of hot local races. However, she says the Northeast Georgia TSPOLST may bring people out.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Thursday that Georgians will vote in a March 6th presidential primary. There had been speculation that Georgia would join states like Florida and Michigan in voting earlier. But Kemp put that to rest by setting the primary for what’s called Super Tuesday.