Any talk of a blue wave will have to wait until 2020 as the GOP won the pair runoffs Tuesday, completing a sweep of statewide elections in the midterms.

Former state Rep. Brad Raffensperger cruised to victory over former U.S. Rep. John Barrow in the race to replace Governor-elect Brian Kemp as secretary of state, taking 52% of the vote to Barrow’s 48%.  We wrote that early voting data appeared to favor the Republican heading into Tuesday’s vote, and that played out as Raffensperger claimed victory by some 60,000 votes.

Secretary of State-elect Brad Raffensperger

Likewise Republican incumbent Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton held off Democrat Lindy Miller in the District 3 PSC race, tallying a near identical margin to the SOS contest.

The last remaining race was a redo in North Georgia’s House District 28, where the May primary between Republican Rep. Dan Gasaway and challenger Chris Erwin saw dozens of voters receive incorrect ballots election, sparking a series of lawsuits and eventually, a new election.

As this is written, in the redo primary Erwin leads Gasaway by just three votes, with a total of 3,516 for the challenger and 3,513 for the incumbent.  The seven month saga will continue for at least a little while as absentee ballots are still outstanding and a recount will surely occur with such a tight margin.  With no Democrat in the race the contest will blessedly be decided soon.

 

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