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Polls open today for runoff voting

Polling places throughout the county are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. today for voting in the General Primary runoff. There are no local races on the ballot and turnout is expected to be low. That expectation was borne out in the early voting totals. During the three-week advance voting period, elections superintendent Anita Reid and her staff served 481 in person early voters with 87 absentee ballots mailed, of which 52 were returned. Of those, 425 chose Republican ballots and 56 Democrat ballots were cast. The premiere race to be settled today is the battle between lieutenant governor Casey Cagle and secretary of state Brian Kemp for the Republican nomination for governor. That race was a dead heat until late last week when Kemp’s polling was boosted by the endorsement of President Donald Trump. The victor will square off against Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in the general election in November. A battle for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor is also on the ballot. That race pits David Shafer against Geoff Duncan. The winner will battle Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico in November. The race to replace Kemp also hangs in the runoff balance. Republicans Brad Ratffensperger and David Belle Isle are fighting for the GOP nomination and the opportunity to face Democrat John Barrow in the fall. Barnesville native Sid Chapman is on the Democrat runoff ballot in the race for state school superintendent. He is pitted against Otha E. Thornton Jr. The winner will do battle with Republican incumbent Richard Woods in November.

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