ATLANTA – Republican Brian Kemp announced that he will officially resign as secretary of state at 11:59 a.m. today and begin the transition to become Georgia’s next governor immediately.
Kemp is currently the state’s top elections official. Governor Nathan Deal will then appoint an interim secretary of state who will certify Tuesday’s election in which he defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Kemp declared victory in the race, but Abrams said she will not concede the election until all provisional ballots are counted. Officials have said she would need 2,500 provisional votes to force a runoff. Kemp said today that only about 2,000 provisional votes remain uncounted.
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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Commissioner Lyn Holcomb defeated Mike Boswell and Ricky Farmer in Tuesday’s general primary election. Holcomb, who won a third term, avoided a runoff by winning 52.47 percent of the vote. Holcomb received 499 votes, followed by Boswell with 257 and Farmer 195.
In the race for White County School Board District 2, Charlie Bryson, a Hall County law enforcement officer, won by a wide margin over John Solmon and Carly Adam but now faces a July 24 runoff against Solmon. Bryson fell shy of the 50 percent plus one needed to win the seat outright, collecting 1,558 or 44.86 percent to Solmon’s 988 votes. Adam received 927 votes.
The most hotly contested local race turned out to be for the open District 4 school board seat where freelance journalist Linda Erbele narrowly defeated Jeannette Gearing 1,731 to 1,675.
State Rep. Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger) easily defeated Mickey Cummings to win re-election in House District 8. Gurtler received 5,965 votes to Cummings 3,947.
In the up ballot, statewide elections that drew most of the voters to the polls, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp will face a runoff. In a five-candidate field, Cagle won by a slight margin over Kemp by receiving 39 percent of the votes (227,170 total votes) to Kemp’s 26 percent or 150,051 total votes.
The winner of that race will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in the November General election. Abrams easily defeated her rival Stacey Evans, winning 76 percent of the vote statewide.
There will also be a runoff in the Lieutenant Governor’s race where David Shafer fell just shy of a clear win. Shafer pulled in a majority of the votes, 256,230, but it was not enough to avoid a runoff with Geoff Duncan in July. Duncan received 27 percent of the votes (140,741).
The winner of that runoff will face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico in November. Amico pulled in 56 percent of the votes (245,325) defeating opponent Triana James who received 44 percent.
Campaigns have not ended for Brad Raffensperger or David Belle Isle as they will also face off in a November runoff for Secretary of State. Raffensperger received 35 percent of the votes (178,502), moving him into top position. Belle Isle received 29 percent or 145,915 total votes.
Democrat John Barrow will face the winner of that runoff in November. Barrow was able to make a clean win with 52 percent over challengers Dee Dawkins-Haigler and Rakeim Hadley.
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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Today marks the beginning of the three-week early voting period for Georgia’s May 22 primary. Voters in many counties can vote for governor, U.S. Congress and the state legislature.
In White County, polls will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. until May 18. There will also be one Saturday voting day May 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Voters can choose from five Republican candidates for governor or two Democrats. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, State Senator Michael Williams, former State Senator Hunter Hill and Clay Tippins are the Republican candidates.
Democrats campaigning for governor are State Representatives Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans.
In the race for District 8 state representative, incumbent Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger) will be challenged by Mickey Cummings, of Union County.
In the District 2 Board of Commissioners race, incumbent Lyn Holcomb will be challenged by Mike Boswell and Ricky Farmer.
There are two Board of Education races. In District 2, incumbent Charlie Bryson will face off against Carly Adam and John Solmon. The District 4 seat is open and Linda Erbele, a freelance journalist, will challenge Jeannette Gearing, a substitute teacher, for the post.
Fetch Your News is a hyper local news outlet that covers Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Murray counties as well as Cherokee County in N.C. FYN attracts 300,000+ page views per month, 3.5 million impressions per month and approximately 15,000 viewers per week on FYNTV.com and up to 60,000 Facebook page reach.If you would like to follow up-to-date local events in any of those counties, please visit us at FetchYourNews.com