Is a runoff coming?
By Shane Scoggins
CARNESVILLE – A large number of Franklin County voters went to the polls Tuesday to overwhelmingly support state Republican candidates.
But the final results of some of those races – including the biggest one, for governor – was still unknown at press time.
As of Wednesday at noon, the result of the Georgia’s governor’s race was still unknown.
Republican Brian Kemp leads Democrat Stacey Abrams by a 50.36 to 48.7 percent margin.
Libertarian Ted Metz had received less than one percent.
(Complete local and up-to-presstime state results are on Page 2A.)
If his lead holds, Kemp will be the governor-elect.
But, if enough outstanding votes – in heavily-Democrat urban counties – come in for Abrams, the race could be headed for a runoff Dec. 4.
Runoffs are mandated by Georgia law when no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. In those cases, the candidates with the two highest vote totals advance to the runoff.
Franklin County Elections Supervisor Gina Chappelear said Wednesday it could be Friday before voters know if a runoff is necessary in the governor’s race.
“Each county is having to send the number of provisional ballots we have that have to be decided on this morning,” Chappelear said Wednesday. “Dekalb County still hasn’t completed reported all of their numbers. We will have to wait until Friday to finish up and certify the election.”
Ballots sent to Georgia residents who are overseas, including the military, must be received by counties by Friday, though they had to be postmarked by Tuesday.
“So, we will be running provisional ballots and the remainder of the absentee ballots on Friday once the Board of Elections has made their decision on the provisional ballots and if we have any more [overseas] ballots to arrive,” Chappelear said.
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