Open statewide seats, House challenges down Georgia ballot

Open statewide seats, House challenges down Georgia ballot

By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

Georgia voters have plenty of election contests to settle after casting their Republican and Democratic primary ballots for governor.

Both parties have competitive races Tuesday for lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Both of those offices are being vacated by GOP incumbents running for governor. The state insurance commissioner's seat is also open because the incumbent, Republican Ralph Hudgens, decided not to run again.

Meanwhile, state School Superintendent Richard Woods is battling for re-election against fellow Republican John Barge, who held the office before stepping aside four years ago to run unsuccessfully for governor.

Five Georgia congressmen also face primary opposition from within their own parties.

Several crowded races could require runoffs July 24 if no candidate finishes with more than 50 percent of the vote.

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