The Gist

Georgia heads to the 2022 general election in November with key matchups set for governor, attorney general and U.S. Senate following the results of Tuesday’s primary contests.

Runoffs are ahead in June for several key offices including secretary of state, lieutenant governor and the commissioners of the labor and insurance departments after top candidates failed to gain enough votes to win their primaries outright.

What’s Happening

Georgia voters turned out in record-breaking numbers to cast ballots in this year’s primaries, roughly doubling the votes cast in the 2018 statewide primaries. Turnout in the three-week early voting phase was nearly triple that of four years ago.

The marquee race was for Georgia governor, a seat held by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. He will face his 2018 Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams on November 8 after trouncing his primary Republican challenger, former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, by more than 600,000 votes.

Also closely watched was the race for secretary of state, which oversees Georgia’s elections. Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger secured the 50% margin needed to avoid a runoff with Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Greensboro).

Wins for Kemp and Raffensperger marked a resounding defeat for candidates backed by former President Donald Trump, who has warred against Georgia’s governor and secretary of state for refusing to use their offices to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Less clear in Tuesday’s primary is the outcome of the race to replace Republican Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan. State Sen. Burt Jones eyed an outright win in the Republican primary over Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller – but it was too close to call early Wednesday.

Read the full story in State Affairs.

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