ATLANTA – With 98 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, the top Election Day prize was still up for grabs at 7 a.m. today.
Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp leads former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams with 50.42 percent of the vote to Abrams 48.64. Kemp must win 50.1 percent to avoid a runoff.
Kemp told supporters “I am confident victory is near.”
Abrams has not yet conceded. She says she “will wait until every vote Is counted.”
Forsyth County’s Geoff Duncan has claimed victory in the race for Lt. Governor over Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico. Duncan has received 51.83 percent in the two-person race.
Only the final margin is in question in the race for Ninth District U.S. Congress where Republican incumbent Doug Collins has won 79.6 percent of the vote to Josh McCall’s 20.4.
Republican Brad Raffensperger and John Barrow are headed for a runoff. Raffensperger has received 49.28 percent of the vote to Barrow’s 48.49. Smythe Duval has received 2.22 percent.
Elsewhere, Republicans held comfortable margins. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black leads his Democrat challenger Fred Swann with 53.27 percent to Swann’s 46.73.
Incumbent Republican State School Superintendent Richard Woods has won 53.21 percent of the vote to Otha Thornton’s 46.79.
Another incumbent Republican, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler leads Richard Keatley 52.68 percent to 47.32.
Republican Jim Beck leads a three-way race against Democrat Janice Laws and Libertarian Donnie Fowler. Beck has won 50.56 percent to Laws’ 46.79. Fowler has received 2.6.
Fetch Your News will update these results when they become official.
Blue Ridge, Ga. – Brad Raffensperger has defeated David Belle Isle in the July Runoff Election.
Raffensperger and Belle Isle vied for the Republican nomination to seek the seat of Georgia Secretary of State. The Secretary of State seat is open with no incumbent as current Secretary of State Brian Kemp moves forward in the gubernatorial race.
With all 159 counties reporting, Raffensperger was able to receive 61.76 percent of the vote while Belle Isle fell short only receiving 38.24 percent.
Raffensperger will move forward to the November General Election where he will face Democratic nominee John Barrow.
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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Geoff Duncan narrowly beats out David Shafer in the July Runoff Election.
In what was by far the closest race to take place during the runoff, Duncan beat out Shaffer by a mere 1672 votes. In some precincts across the state this race showed wins by a margin of only 2 votes.
Duncan and Shafer vied for the Republican nomination to seek the seat of Georgia Lt. Governor. The Lt. Governor seat is open with no incumbent as current Lt. Governor Casey Cagle chose to throw his name in the hat for the Republican nomination in the gubernatorial race.
With all 159 counties reporting, Duncan was able to receive 50.15 percent of the vote while Shafer fell short receiving 49.85 percent.
Duncan will move forward to the November General Election where he will face Democratic nominee Sarah Riggs Amico.
HELEN, Ga. – The Lanier Republican Assembly, a start-up group of conservatives who feel betrayed by establishment Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and support President Donald Trump’s initiatives, got a luke warm reception in this little Bavarian village Monday.
There was good food and a lot of speeches by political candidates but too many empty seats in the Holiday Inn Express Conference Center. Less than 30 people attended. LRA President Kimberly Pils had hoped to hold a vote on corrections to LRA by-laws approved at a charter meeting, but too few of the group’s officers attended to comprise a quorum.
“I was a little disappointed but we are new and we had several members who traveled to Florida to help out with the hurricane recovery,” Pils said.
Speakers included Tim Tyler with Americans for Prosperity, former 9th District Congressman Paul Broun, Jim Beck, a candidate for state insurance commissioner, gubernatorial candidate Marc Alan Urbach and State Senate District 47 candidate Lucretia Hughes.
An affiliate of the Georgia Republican Assembly, the LRA represents Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and White counties.
While LRA members are Republicans and the group shares some of the same leadership as the Hall County Republican Party, Pils made it clear the new group is completely separate from the Georgia Republican Party. In fact, she said, some Republican Party leaders were angered by her involvement in LRA since she if first vice chair of the Hall County Republican Party.
Hughes, a fiery, no-nonsense African-American wife, mother, grandmother and staunch conservative Republican who works in the insurance industry, got the crowd cranked up by saying she was fed up with the broken promises of some Republican leaders.
“We hear many promises made, but only about 10 percent kept,” she said. “When you have private votes, we have a problem. If we have to have an exit poll to show us how you are voting, we have a problem. If you do one thing we voted down but you choose to do any way, we have a problem.”
She called for an end to the divisive rhetoric that has been coming from both sides of the aisle.
“It’s time for people like us to take our country back,” she said. “If it takes a woman like me to step up to the plate then, guess what? I’m going to step up to it.”