ELECTION RESULTS: Voters decide 2022 Georgia primary
HARTWELL, G.A. (FOX Carolina) - Polls close at 7 p.m. for the Georgia Primary Election, where voters will decide the candidates on the ballot in the November General Election.
FEDERAL & STATE ELECTIONS
Governor Brian Kemp won the Republican nomination again as he seeks reelection in Georgia. He has held the office since 2018 and is endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence. Kemp previously served as a state senator and Georgia’s secretary of state. Kemp is a staunch proponent of pro-life legislation, stricter voting regulations and banning government mandates.
Kemp’s top challenger for the GOP nomination was former U.S. Senator David Perdue, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump. The former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General has accused Kemp of not doing enough to investigate election fraud allegations in the state since 2020.
Three other candidates were vying for the Republican nomination: Catherine Davis, Kandiss Taylor and Tom Williams. Click here to read more about the candidates.
Kemp’s victory in the primary sets the stage for a rematch against Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams in the general election. Abrams, a lawyer and former state representative, ran against Kemp in the 2018 gubernatorial election but was defeated by a narrow margin of less than 60,000 votes.
Georgia had a crowded field of candidates running for Lieutenant Governor after Geoff Duncan announced he would not run for a second term. Four Republicans and eight Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination.
The Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor is headed to a runoff with former Rep. Kwanza Hall in the lead, like to face Charlie Bailey, the 2018 nominee for Attorney General.
Three other current state Representatives were seeking the Democratic nomination: Rep. Erick Allen, Rep. Derrick Jackson, and Rep. Renitta Shannon. Other Democratic challengers included Tyrone Brooks Jr., son of former Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr.; Tony Brown, former candidate for Henry County Sheriff; Jason Hayes, former state House candidate; and Dr. Rashid Malik, a resident of Atlanta.
Two state senators are vying for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor: Sen. Burt Jones and Sen. Butch Miller. Mack McGregor, a Marine veteran, and Jeanne Seaver, a conservative activist, are also on the ballot for the election. The race is still too close to call as of Wednesday morning, although Jones is in the lead.
Secretary of State
Brad Raffensperger won the GOP primary in his bid for reelection for Secretary of State. He has defended the legitimacy of the 2020 election votes and backed Georgia’s new, stricter voting laws. Raffensperger is a structural engineer and lifelong conservative.
Rep. Jody Hice, who currently holds the seat in U.S. House District 10, challenged Raffensperger for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. He has advocated for a more aggressive voter fraud crackdown.
T.J. Hudson, county manager for Treutlen County, and David Belle Isle, the former mayor of Alpharetta, were also running for the GOP nomination.
Incumbent Chris Carr won the Republican nomination is his bid for reelection as Attorney General. He is a vocal opponent of the “liberal Stacey Abrams-Joe Biden agenda.” He was challenged for the GOP nomination by John Gordon, a former Bibb County prosecutor.
Carr will face Democratic nominee and state senator Jen Jordan from District 6 in the general election.
Jordan beat Democratic challenger former Fulton County prosecutor Christian Wise Smith.
Congressman Raphael Warnock won the Democratic nomination in his fight for reelection to the U.S. Senate seat. Warnock, a preacher at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, has advocated for increasing wages and expanding healthcare. He supported the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the American Rescue Plan Act and the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. He voted in 2021 in favor of impeaching then-President Donald Trump.
He was opposed by one Democratic challenger, Chatham County business owner Tamara Johnson-Shealey.
He’ll face GOP nominee and professional athlete Herschel Walker, who is endorsed by Donald Trump, in the general election in November. The former NFL and Olympic athlete served as the chair of the Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition under Trump’s administration. He supports conservative family values and U.S. energy independence.
Five other Republican candidates were vying for the nomination: Gary Black, Josh Clark, Kelvin King, Jonathan McColumn and Latham Saddler. Click here to read more about the candidates.
U.S. House District 10
More than a dozen candidates are vying for District 10 after Republican Jody Hice announced he would not run for reelection. Hice instead is running for the GOP nomination for Georgia’s Secretary of State.
Eight Republicans are on the ballot in the primary election for U.S. House District 10:
- Timothy Barr - State representative for Georgia’s 103rd district who has held office since 2013.
- Paul Broun - Previous holder of the U.S. House District 10 seat from 2013 to 2014. He lost the Republican primary in 2014.
- Mike Collins - Business owner from Jackson, GA who previously ran for the seat but lost in the Republican primary in 2014.
- David Curry - A revenue commissioner for Georgia.
- Vernon Jones - Former state representative from 2017 to 2021, he initially filed to run for Governor in the 2022 election but withdrew before the primary.
- Marc McMain - An entrepreneur from Monroe, GA.
- Alan Sims - An Army and Air Force veteran who graduated from West Point.
- Mitchell Swan - A Marine Corps veteran and financial wealth advisor.
Five Democrats are running in the primary election:
- Jessica Fore - A musician and Georgia native.
- Tabitha Johnson-Green - A registered nurse who previously won the Democratic nomination for the seat but lost in the general election to incumbent Jody Hice.
- Phyllis Hatcher - Business owner from Atlanta, GA.
- Femi Oduwole - A business owner.
- Paul Walton - Mayor of Hull, GA since 2019.
U.S. House District 9
Andrew Clyde, who has held office since 2021, won the Republican nomination again for the District 9 seat. He is a combat veteran and gunshop owner from Jackson County, GA. He voted against impeaching Donald Trump and opposed the Build Back Better Act in 2021.
U.S. House District 3
Incumbent Drew Ferguson won the GOP nomination again. He has held the U.S. House District 3 seat since 2017. Ferguson has a degree in dental medicine and previously served as mayor of West Point, GA. He voted against impeaching Donald Trump and opposed the Built Back Better Act in 2021.
Jared Craig, an attorney from Atlanta, GA, challenged Ferguson in the GOP primary. He initially ran for U.S. Senate in the 2022 election but withdrew his candidate before the primary.
Winners of the Georgia primary will become nominees for their political party on the General Election ballot in November. To become a nominee in Georgia, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast in their race.
Georgia is one of only two states that requires a candidate to receive a majority of the vote rather than a plurality.
The Georgia primary runoff election will be held on June 21, 2022.
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