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The governor’s race in Georgia is now set for the November general election, but the same can’t be said for U.S. Senate and State School Superintendent, both of which will see runoffs in July.
Tuesday’s Georgia primary didn’t determine an outright winner in the Republican race to succeed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, but the two favorites appear headed for a runoff on July 22.
With more than 97 percent of the votes counted, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue were easily in front of five other candidates. Perdue had 30.4 percent of the vote, Kingston had 26. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel was third at 21 percent.
The Kingston-Perdue winner in July will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. Nunn easily won the nomination with 75 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Republicans and Democrats also will see runoffs for school superintendent.
The nine-candidate Republican vote was tight even into the early morning hours. With 2725 of 2727 precincts reporting, Mike Buck had 19.62 percent of the vote, followed by Richard Woods at 16.88. Mary Kay Bacallao (15.35) and Ashley Bell (15.07) were next.
Valarie Wilson (31.94 percent) and Alisa Thomas Morgan (26.39) were the top two vote-getters in the Democratic race and seemed safely in front of four others, and headed for a runoff.
Gov. Nathan Deal easily held off two Republican challengers Tuesday, with 72.11 percent of the vote. Deal beat John Barge and David Pennigton in a race that was the first of the night called by the Associated Press.
Deal will face Democrat Jason Carter in the Nov. 4 general election. Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.