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Carter is GOP nominee for House

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POSTED: July 23, 2014 11:39 a.m.
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Jack Kingston, who has served this area in the U.S. House for more than two decades, lost his bid a seat in the Senate, Tuesday.

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Coastal Georgia's longtime congressional representative Jack Kingston was defeated in his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Businessman David Perdue got 50.9 percent of Tuesday's primary runoff votes, or 245,723 of the 482,913 votes cast, for the Republican nomination. Kingston pulled in 237,190 votes or 49.1 percent of the total.

Perdue now faces Democrat Michelle Nunn in the November general election. There is also a third candidate in the race, Libertarian Amanda Swafford.

In the race to replace Kingston in the House, former state Sen. Buddy Carter, garnered 54 percent or 22,860 of the 42,481 votes cast in District 1, which includes Liberty and Long counties. His opponent, Savannah physician Bob Johnson, collected 46 percent, or 19,621 of the 42,481.

On the Democratic side of that race, Savannah's Brian Reese got 63 percent of the 10,344 votes cast, beating out Richmond Hill's Amy Tavio, who got 37 percent, or 3,818.

Other statewide races addressed by area voters were candidates for nominations to run for state school superintendent. Among Democrats, Valarie Wilson got 54 percent of the vote, defeating Alisha Morgan, who had 46 percent. On the Republican side, Richard Woods is the apparent winner. With 158 of 159 counties reporting, Woods had only 726 votes (less than a percentage point) advantage over Mike Buck.

All the numbers in this story are from the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

 

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