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Runoffs galore for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and Georgia school superintendent
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Turnout in the statewide primary appeared moderate Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the West Whelchel voting precinct at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. Overall turnout was almost 18 percent in Hall County. - photo by Scott Rogers

In the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, David Shafer and Geoff Duncan are headed for a runoff in July.

Shafer, a state senator representing Duluth, had double the votes of his next-closest contender on Tuesday, but didn’t clear a majority of votes in the primary. As a result, he’ll face Duncan, a former state representative and businessman, in the July runoff.

Shafer took 48.8 percent of the vote on Tuesday to Duncan’s 26.5 percent. Duncan edged Rep. Rick Jeffares for the second-place spot.

It’s a night of runoffs for Republicans gunning for statewide office.

For the Georgia secretary of state position, state Rep. Brad Raffensperger is going to face former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle in July.

Raffensperger, from Johns Creek, took 35 percent of the vote to Belle Isle’s 28.5 percent.

Democratic primaries were more straightforward for both races. Sarah Riggs Amico has taken 55.5 percent of the vote in her primary bid for lieutenant governor, and Democrat John Barrow, a former state representative, took 52 percent of the vote in his primary run for secretary of state.

However, there will be one Democratic runoff in July. Otha Thornton Jr. is facing off against Sid Chapman in their party’s runoff for Georgia state school superintendent.

For the GOP, incumbent Richard Woods sailed to his party’s nomination with just more than 60 percent of the vote.

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