Georgia Primary Runoff Election Recap

Georgia State Capitol Building and Historic John Brown Gordon Statue in Garden - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Most of the votes from Tuesday’s runoff primary elections have been counted across Georgia, and the general election matchups are taking shape:

Runoff Results in Federal Races
Following these runoff primaries, we now know who will vie this November to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives:

  • In the 1st Congressional District, attorney Wade Herring won the Democratic primary runoff and will now face Republican incumbent Rep. Buddy Carter.
  • In the 2nd Congressional District, attorney Chris West pulled off a narrow upset to win the Republican nomination and will now challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. Sanford Bishop. West defeated a candidate who received support from high-profile national Republicans, and the state’s redistricting process shifted this district to lean Republican.
  • Rich McCormick, an ER physician and Marine veteran, decisively won the GOP nomination in the 6th Congressional District. He will face Democrat Bob Christian, a businessman and Army veteran.
  • Democrat Rep. Lucy McBath previously represented the 6th Congressional District, but redistricting forced her to switch to the 7th Congressional District and challenge incumbent Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux in the Democratic primary. McBath defeated Bourdeaux and now faces businessman Mark Gonsalves, who won the Republican nomination.
  • Both parties held runoffs in the 10th Congressional District to choose their nominees. Tabitha Johnson-Green, a registered nurse, won the Democratic nomination and will face Republican Mike Collins, who owns a trucking company.

Runoff Results in State Races
Democrats held several runoffs to select their nominees for statewide races. They will challenge GOP candidates who won their primary elections in May without the need for runoffs.

In one of the most closely watched runoffs, State Rep. Bee Nguyen won the Democrat nomination for Secretary of State. Nguyen will face Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger, who has attained national prominence for his role in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

Attorney Charlie Bailey won the Democrat runoff election for lieutenant governor, pulling an upset defeat of former U.S. Rep. Kwanza Hall, the top vote-getter in the nine-way May primary. Bailey will face state Sen. Burt Jones in November’s general election to replace Geoff Duncan, who is not running for reelection.

Republican incumbent Insurance Commissioner John King will face challenger Janice Laws Robinson, an insurance agent.

With incumbent Mark Butler foregoing reelection, Democrat state Rep. Will Boddie will now face GOP state Sen. Bruce Thompson in the race to become Georgia’s next labor commissioner.

Runoff Results in Other Races
Several state legislative contests were also on the runoff ballot. Republican banker Mike Hodges won a runoff in state Senate District 3. Hodges faces no Democratic opponent and will now represent the southeast Georgia area that includes Brunswick.

There were five state House runoff contests:

  • In District 24, banker and civic leader Carter Barrett won the GOP primary runoff. He will face Democrat Sydney Walker in the general election.
  • In District 28, Republican Brent Cox, a business owner and football coach, will face Democrat educator Claudia Wood.
  • In District 30, Republican businessman Derrick McCollum will face Democrat Kim Floria, a sign language interpreter.
  • In District 39, Terry Cummings, an attorney and former law enforcement officer, won the Democrat primary runoff. She will now face Republican Olivia Angel, a marketing professional.
  • In District 50, the Republican runoff is still up for grabs between Narender Reddy and Betsy Kramer. As of mid-afternoon Thursday, Reddy held a 12-vote lead out of more than 1,800 cast. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Au, a physician and public health leader.
  • In District 61, incumbent Rep. Roger Bruce won a runoff for the Democrat nomination and will not face a Republican opponent.
  • In District 86, Democrat Imani Barnes, a public health professional, will face Republican Lisa Kinnemore.
  • In District 90, civil rights attorney Saira Draper won the Democrat runoff and will face Republican nominee Jodi Diodati, a general contractor.
  • In District 117, they are still counting votes in a tight runoff contest between Republicans Lauren Daniel and Noelle Kahaian. As of mid-afternoon Thursday, Daniel held a 23-vote lead, with nearly 3,500 cast. The winner will face Democrat Demetrius Rucker, a U.S. Army veteran.
  • In District 179, Rick Townsend won the GOP runoff and faces no Democrat opponent.

Voter Registration and Locations
The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 8. Visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s voting guide to check registration status, early voting information, Election Day polling locations, and extra information about ballots and voting records.

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