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VSU professor predicts primary races

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A lot of state races have multiple candidates on the ballot.

That's the case in Lowndes County also where there's not an incumbent running in some races. A VSU professor who follows political races closely urges you to make sure you vote.

Betty Clark says it's her responsibility and privilege to vote in the primary.

"We want to have the candidates to represent the people who are willing to do what's right," said Clark.

Wendell johnson agrees.

"I think honesty and integrity," said Johnson."They work for us and they should act accordingly."

Dr. James Laplant, the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a political science professor says these kinds of elections have the most impact on your day to day life.

"It's not really the presidential election or congressional election," said LaPlant. "It's your city council, your county commission, your state legislature and your governor."

With no incumbents and several candidates on the ballot for the Lowndes County Commission districts two and three, the VSU professor predicts they'll be a runoff on the republican sides.

"It's just that old political axiom, when it's an open race and there's not an incumbent you're going to have a lot more candidates seeking office in a primary," said LaPlant.

There are two democrats running in each district. Unless there's a tie, those races will be decided Tuesday night, but there could be runoffs in the republican races.

Dr. James LaPlant predicts Roy Barnes will avoid a runoff in the democratic gubernatorial primary. He predicts John Oxedine will get in the republican run off along with Nathan Deal or Karen Handel.

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