Voters will head back to the polls on July 22 to decide several important races based on unofficial results from the Tuesday, May 20, primary election.
In the hotly contested race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 10, Republican voters will choose between Mike Collins and Jody Hice, both of whom finished the day with approximately 33 percent of the vote. The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Kenneth Dious in the fall.
Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau is headed to a runoff with P.K. Martin in the State Senate District 9 race. Beaudreau picked up 38 percent of the primary vote compared to Martin's 33 percent. Timothy Swiney was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Though several big races did go to a runoff, others November matchups have been set and some races decided for lack of opposition from the other party.
In the race for governor, Republican voters backed incumbent Nathan Deal. Deal received 72 percent of the vote compared to 17 percent for David Pennington and 11 percent for John Barge. Deal will face Democratic challenger Jason Carter in the general election.
In the Secretary of State race, incumbent Brian Kemp (R) will face Democrat Doreen Carter who defeated her opponent, Gerald Beckum, by a margin of 68 percent to 31 percent.
Democrats selected Elizabeth Johnson over Keith Heard as their candidate for commissioner of insurance. Johnson, who secured 70 percent of the primary vote will face Republican incumbent Ralph Hudgens.
Incumbent Lauren McDonald will represent Republicans in the district 4 public service commission race after receiving 62 percent of the vote in the primary. McDonald will be pitted against Democrat Daniel Blackman in November.
Michael Brown (R) defeated David Hancock in the state house district 98 race. Brown, who received 61 percent of the vote, has no Democratic opposition.
In the only contested Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners race, incumbent John Heard beat out Republican challenger Alfie Meek to retain his seat. Heard faces no Democratic opposition in November.
In the only contested school board race, incumbent Dan Seckinger (R) will keep his District 2 seat after securing more than 63 percent of the vote total. Challenger Leon Hobbs received 23 percent and Ileana McCaigue had 13 percent. Seckinger also faces no opposition in November.
During Tuesday's primary, voters were also asked to answer various questions from their respective parties. Gwinnett Republicans were split as to whether or not the Georgia Constitution should be amended to allow pari-mutual wagering on horseracing with the proceeds going to education. Just over half -- 50.13 percent -- said yes, while 49.87 were opposed.
Local Republicans were overwhelmingly in favor of eliminating the Georgia state income tax and replacing it with a consumption based tax with 79 percent of Gwinnett voters indicating their support.
As to the question of whether a regional transit system should be created that would combine Gwinnett County Transit with GRTA, MARTA and other providers, nearly 58 percent of Gwinnett Republican voters were opposed.
Gwinnett Democratic voters were polled on 10 separate issues. Nearly 97 percent of Gwinnett Democratic primary voters supported raising the state's minimum wage above the current $5.15 an hour. Democratic voters also showed support for returning federal tax dollars to Georgia to fund Medicaid expansion and relieve the indigent care burden (88 percent in favor), creating an independent ethics commission (90 percent), amending the state constitution to make education funding Georgia's first priority (85 percent), having the same number of members on the board of education and the board of commissioners (67 percent), expanding the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to six district members and one county-wide chairman (65 percent) and accepting federal funds for Medicaid expansion (97 percent).
More than 75 percent of Gwinnett Democrats expressed the opinion the current board of commissioners and board of education do not represent the diversity of Gwinnett County. Gwinnett Democrats also expressed opposition for increasing the salary of the BOC chairman (56 percent opposed) and shared the opinion that county commissioners and school board members cannot effectively serve a county of more than 840,000 citizens on a part-time basis (68 percent).
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