On the day Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger testified before a U.S. House committee about efforts by former Republican President Donald Trump to reverse the state’s 2020 presidential vote, Democrats chose his opponent for the Nov. 8 general election.
Polls had been closed only minutes Tuesday night when news services declared state Rep. Bee Nguyen, who received 77 percent of the vote, the winner of the Democratic runoff against former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler.
Nguyen had been endorsed by Stacey Abrams, who will be the Democrats’ standard bearer in November against incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. She is the first Vietnamese American in the General Assembly and is bidding to become the first Asian American elected statewide in Georgia.
The vote totals on the secretary of state’s website showed 100 percent of the counties and precincts reporting, but the results were unofficial and may not have included absentee and provisional ballots.
One race still too close to call Wednesday afternoon was the Republican runoff in State House District 50. The latest available vote totals in the Johns Creek district showed Betsy Kramer, a longtime Fulton County Republican Party official, who is Jewish, with 923 votes and her opponent, businessman Narender Reddy, with 935. The winner will face Democratic state Sen. Michelle Au in the Nov. 8 general election.
Abrams also endorsed attorney Charlie Bailey, who won 63 percent of the vote against former Atlanta councilman Kwanza Hall in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Bailey will face state Sen. Burton Jones, who narrowly won the May 24 Republican primary, and Libertarian Ryan Graham. Current Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan opted not to seek re-election.
In the acrimonious Republican runoff in the 6th congressional district, emergency room physician Rich McCormick won 66 percent of the vote against attorney Jake Evans, who had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. McCormick will face Democrat Bob Christian in the Nov. 8 general election.
Republicans also chose Mark Gonsalves to oppose Rep. Lucy McBath in the 7th congressional district. Gonsalves won 70 percent of the vote against Michael Corbin. McBath, who currently represents the 6th district in Congress, won the 7th district Democratic primary over incumbent Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux. McBath entered the 7th district race after the Republican-controlled General Assembly made the 6th more friendly to Republicans in the post-2020 Census redistricting. The same redistricting buoyed Democratic chances of holding the 7th district, which Bourdeaux flipped to blue in 2020.
In the 10th congressional district Republican runoff, Mike Collins, a trucking executive and the son of the late Republican congressman Mac Collins, received 74 percent of the vote against Trump-endorsed former Democrat Vernon Jones.
In November, Collins will face Tabitha Johnson-Green, who won 64 percent of the vote against Jessica Allison Fore in the Democratic primary.
- Dave Schechter
- Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
- Donald Trump
- state Rep. Bee Nguyen
- state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler.
- Stacey Abrams
- Gov. Brian Kemp
- General Assembly
- John's Creek
- Betsy Kramer
- Narender Reddy
- Sen. Michelle Au
- Charlie Bailey
- Kwanza Hall
- Sen. Burton Jones
- Ryan Graham
- Geoff Duncan
- Rich McCormick
- Jake Evan
- Bob Christian
- Mark Gonsalves
- Lucy McBath
- Carolyn Bourdeau
- Mike Collins
- Mac Collins
- Tabitha Johnson-Green
- Jessica Allison Fore