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Kemp comes out on top, Johns to fill BoE district 4 seat
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Georgia’s Republican voters decided Tuesday that outgoing Secretary of State Brian Kemp is the best candidate to face off against Democrat Stacy Abrams in the November general election. In a hotly contested Republican primary runoff, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle went head-to-head against Kemp.

As of 7:37 p.m. in  Liberty County,  Cagle was ahead with 56.78 percent of the vote and Kemp had 43.22 percent.

Liberty County voters who live in District 4 decided Jim Johns should fill the school board seat in January. Johns ran against Annette Payne in the local runoff. He took 65.34 percent of the vote, Payne received 34.66 percent. 

Marcia Anderson has served the district for more than 20 years, and will finish her final term at the end of this year. She chose not to seek re-election to the board of education. District 4 centers in the Flemington area and extends east toward Midway, Isle of Wight and west into Hinesville and Fleming.

Liberty County voters also cast ballots in other statewide races.

Republicans here decided David Schafer will replace Cagle as lieutenant governor with 50.54 percent of the vote. Schafer’s opponent, Geoff Duncan, received 49.46 percent. 

David Belle Isle was bested by Brad Raffensperger in the secretary of state race to replace Kemp. Isle got 40.17 percent, and Raffensperger tallied 59.83 percent.

In the Democratic primary runoff for state school superintendent, Sid Chapman lost to Otha E. Thornton, Jr.

The results of the election are unofficial until they are certified by the election superintendent, followed by the secretary of state.

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