DAHLONEGA, Ga. – With two days left in the advanced voting period, Lumpkin County’s Chief Registrar and Elections Manager Ashley Peck said the turnout has been about what she expected for a runoff election.
Runoffs do not generally attract a large turnout. Thus far 858 Lumpkin County voters have taken advantage of shorter lines of advanced voting. That is compared to 1,312 who voted in person during advanced voting for the general primary in May.
There are three statewide contests at the top of the ballot. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are hoping to replace outgoing governor Nathan Deal.
Kemp received a major endorsement today when President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that he is endorsing Kemp.
“Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement,” the president wrote.
Kemp had already received the endorsement of two former gubernatorial candidates who failed to make the runoff – Hunter Hill and Clay Tippins.
There are two other statewide races to be decided. David Shafer and Geoff Duncan have waged a no-holds barred battle for the position of Lt. Governor. Shafer just missed winning without a runoff when he received 48.38 percent of the vote in a three-way race with Duncan and Rick Jeffares in the general primary.
In the secretary of state election, voters must choose between Brad Raffensperger and David Belle Isle.
There is also an important local race on the ballot. Clarence Grindle and Jeff Moran are competing for a spot on the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners.
Advanced voting continues Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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