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Nominations for Congress decided in runoff
by The Associated Press
July 22, 2014 08:32 PM | 3011 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Supporters are seen through an American flag as they show up for a primary runoff election night party for Georgia Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)
Supporters are seen through an American flag as they show up for a primary runoff election night party for Georgia Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)
The retirement of Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss set off a political game of musical chairs that was partially settled with Tuesday's primary runoff election.

Three congressmen from Georgia — Jack Kingston of Savannah, Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta — left the House of Representatives because they wanted to replace Chambliss. A crowd of politicians then competed for a chance to be elected to those soon-to-be-vacant House seats. Because none of those candidates competing for the House seats won an outright majority, a runoff election was required.

The winners of Tuesday's primary runoff will be their party's nominee for November's general election.

Here's a look at where those races stand:


1st DISTRICT: State Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler won the Republican primary runoff against Bob Johnson, a Savannah surgeon backed by local tea party groups. Early, unofficial returns showed Carter winning about 54 percent of the vote. Carter is seeking to replace Kingston, who held the seat for more than two decades. Savannah UPS supervisor Brian Reese won the Democratic primary with about 63 percent of the vote against real estate agent Amy Tavio of Richmond Hill.

10th DISTRICT: Minister and conservative talk radio host Jody Hice of Monroe beat trucking company owner Mike Collins with about 54 percent of the vote in the GOP runoff. Hice is seeking to replace Broun, a fundamentalist Christian who once denounced evolution as a lie "straight from the pit of hell." Collins' father is former Republican Rep. Mac Collins.

11th DISTRICT: State Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville, a tea party-backed candidate, beat former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Smyrna, who was trying for a comeback in the district north of Atlanta held by Gingrey. Barr helped lead the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Early returns showed Loudermilk winning about 66 percent of the vote against Barr.


The current schools superintendent, John Barge, mounted an unsuccessful challenge against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary rather than seek re-election to his education post. Former Decatur School Board Chairwoman Valarie Wilson won the Democratic nomination, getting 54 percent of the vote against state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan. Republican Michael Buck, chief academic officer for the state Department of Education, and longtime Irwin County educator Richard Woods were in a very tight race for the Republican nomination late Tuesday night.


Voter turnout was relatively low. About 12 percent of registered voters cast ballots in statewide Republican and Democratic primary runoff races on Tuesday, compared with roughly 19 percent in the May primary election.

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