Gubernatorial candidate Abrams leads with big victory over Evans

May 25, 20182min2650
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Democrat Stacey Abrams swept the first contest in her bid to become Georgia’s first black female governor. She received a whopping 76.43% (422,482 votes) after an all-out television advertising campaign against her challenger, Stacey Evans, who received 23.57%( 130,264 votes).

Abrams will learn the Republican challenger she will face in November after the July 24 runoff is held between S. “Casey” Cagle and Brian Kemp.  Cagle received 39%(236,319 votes), while Kemp received 25.56% (154,864 votes). Five Republicans competed in the gubernatorial race. Other Key Statewide Races 

State School Superintendent

Otha Thornton, Jr., Democrat, is in a runoff with Sid Chapman. Thornton received 43.86% (207,503 votes. Chapman received 36.48% (172,562 votes. 

Richard Woods won the Republican nomination with 60.13 percent (324,027 votes) in a two-way race. 

Secretary of State

John Barrow won the Democratic nomination with 51.51% (263,951)

Brad Raffensperger, who received 34.97% (184,948), will compete with David Belle Isle, who received 28.53% (150,908), for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.  

Commissioner of Labor

Mark Butler, Incumbent, Republican, ran uncontested in the primary and received 476,740 votes

Richard Keatley, Democrat, received 51.53%(234,902) in a two-way primary.

Public Service Commissioner, District 3, Metro Atlanta

Lindy Miller, Democrat, 65.46 %(311,296)

John Noel, 18.92% (89,964)

Johnny C. White, 15.62% (74,259)

To view the results of all of the statewide and local races, go to

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