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.
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.