2018-08-01 / Front Page

Kemp, Balkcom win

Secretary of State Brian Kemp won the Republican nomination for Georgia in the July 24 runoff election defeating Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in a surprising land slide victory following a late endorsement by President Donald Trump.

Kemp took all but two counties — Monroe and Stephens — in capturing 69.45 percent of the vote, defeating Cagle by a margin of 406,638 to 178,877 votes. Kemp took 57.70 percent of the votes in Early County.

Cagle was the top vote-getter in the May 22 Republican Primary garnering 39.1 percent of the vote to Kemp’s 25.55 percent in a field of six candidates. Kemp will face Democratic candidate, former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in the November General Election.

Abrams backs gun control measures, while Kemp wants to expand gun rights. Abrams wants to expand Medicaid, while Kemp staunchly opposes enlarging the program. Abrams wants to protect abortion rights, while Kemp vowed to sign the nation’s strictest abortion restrictions.

Balkcom defeats Stewart for Superior Court Judge

Henry Balkcom of Georgetown garnered 55.13 percent of the vote to defeat Chip Stewart of Donalsonville in the runoff for Superior Court Judge of the Pataula Judicial Circuit.

Balkcom received 3,679 votes to Stewart’s 2,994. He carried Early County by a 808-692 margin.

In addition to Early County, Balkcom won Clay, Quitman, Randolph and Terrell counties.

Other runnoff elections

Geoff Duncan defeated David Shafer in the Republican runoff for Lt. Governor and Brad Raffensperger defeated David Belle Isle in the Republican runoff for Secretary of State.

In the only Democratic runoff, Otha Thornton defeated Sid Chapman for State School Superintendent.

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