Runoffs looked possible Tuesday in two fierce Republican primaries for Congress.
In north Georgia’s new 9th District, early returns showed state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville leading a three-way primary race with 42 percent of the vote with 27 percent of precincts reporting.
Conservative talk radio host Martha Zoller trailed Collins with 39 percent, followed by retired school principal Roger Fitzpatrick of Cleveland with 19 percent.
Meanwhile, early returns in east Georgia’s 12th District showed state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown leading with 36 percent of the vote with 29 percent of precincts reporting, followed by Augusta construction company owner Rick W. Allen with 26 percent.
Augusta attorney and former Navy pilot Wright McLeod had 22 percent of the vote and Dublin attorney Maria Sheffield had 16 percent.
With such a crowded field, a runoff was likely.
Rep. David Scott clears primary, looks to Nov.
ATLANTA — The general election matchup is set in metro Atlanta’s 13th Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. David Scott secured the Democratic nomination Tuesday without opposition in the heavily Democratic district. In November, he will face Republican S. Malik, a little known candidate who also had no primary opposition.