georgia sECRETARY OF STATE RACE HEADS TO RUNOFF Election
bY chance Harbour • NOV. 7, 2018
In a race that remained tight throughout the night of the midterm elections, none of the Georgia secretary of state candidates were able to pull away with a 50 percent majority of the votes.
This year, 3.8 million Georgians cast ballots for secretary of state, up from 2.5 million total votes when incumbent Republican Brian Kemp was elected in 2014.
According to the latest New York Times' polling data, Republican candidate Brad Raffensperger earned 49.4 percent of the votes, just shy of the 50 percent needed to secure a victory. He earned 1,885,552 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Democratic nominee John Barrow had a 48.4 percent share with 1,846,310 votes.
With 84,737 votes to be secretary of state, Libertarian candidate Smythe DuVal had 2.2 percent of the total.
Because neither Barrow nor Raffensperger was able to eclipse 50 percent of the votes, the two will face each other in a special runoff election on Dec. 4 to decide which of the two will become Georgia's next secretary of state.