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Georgia runoff elections to decide the secretary of state and other nominees

ATLANTA – Georgia Democrats will choose their nominee for secretary of state in Tuesday’s runoff, voting on a position that took on new meaning after former President Donald Trump questioned Georgia’s 2020 election results by making false claims about far spread electoral fraud.

This is one of four statewide runoff elections — along with the lieutenant governor, the labor commissioner and the insurance commissioner — in which Democrats will choose the nominees. Republicans will vote in three congressional elections while Democrats have two congressional samples.

State Representative Bee Nguyen and former State Representative Dee Dawkins-Haigler are vying for a chance to challenge the incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the autumn. Trump targeted Raffensperger for failing to reverse his narrow loss in the state. Raffensperger – who was praised by some Democrats for refusing to bow to pressure from the former president – sent a challenge from a Trump-backed key challenger without being forced into a runoff.

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Nguyen and Dawkins-Haigler agree on their vision for the office: improving voter education and working more closely with local electoral authorities to ensure universal access to free, fair and safe elections. But they say Raffensperger is not an election hero, and aim to support a sweeping election overhaul passed by Republican lawmakers last year.

Tuesday’s races could be narrowly won or lost as turnout is expected to be very low. In contrast to May 24 elementary school, which saw record early voting numbers, fewer than 165,000 people had voted early in person or by mail as of Monday. Including about 100,000 Democrats and 60,000 Republicans

The candidates competing in the other statewide Democratic races are Charlie Bailey and Kwanza Hall for lieutenant governor, William Boddie and Nicole Horn for labor commissioner, and Janice Laws Robinson and Raphael Baker for insurance commissioner.

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Republicans designate four congressional nominations, two of which fall in the heavily GOP-friendly 6th and 10th districts.

In the 10th congressional district east of Atlanta, trucking company owner Mike Collins and former Democrat Vernon Jones are locked in a bitter runoff. Trump supports Jones, but Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has just clinched a first triumph over Trump-backed David Perdue, has joined other GOP officers in supporting Collins.

In the 6th Ward in Atlanta’s northern suburbs, paramedic Rich McCormick tries to stop Trump-backed attorney Jake Evans. This race has revolved around allegations by each candidate that the other is not conservative enough.

Republicans have high hopes of unseating 30-year Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop in southwest Georgia’s 2nd Circuit. The GOP is choosing between former Army officer Jeremy Hunt and real estate developer Chris West in this race.

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The Democrats regulate runoff elections in two districts. In Coastal 1, Wade Herring tries to keep Joyce Marie Griggs from running again as the party’s nominee against incumbent Republican Buddy Carter. In the 10th District, Jessica Fore is up against Tabitha Johnson-Green, who was the Democratic nominee in the district’s previous configuration in 2018 and 2020.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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