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2 Democrats Will Advance To Runoff In Critical Race For Top Georgia Elections Job

Added 05-25-22 11:54:02am EST - “State Rep. Bee Nguyen or her runoff opponent would make history as the first nonwhite Georgian to become secretary of state, as Democrats pledge to fight anti-voting measures.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “2 Democrats Will Advance To Runoff In Critical Race For Top Georgia Election Official”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Democratic primary in Georgia’s secretary of state race is heading to a runoff that will set up one candidate to potentially make history in November’s general election, no matter who ultimately wins the nomination on June 21.

State Rep. Bee Nguyen finished as the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s primary, winning roughly 44% of ballots cast in the contest. But that left Nguyen, who led the field in fundraising and endorsements, short of the majority threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

Nguyen’s opponent in the head-to-head matchup that will determine the Democratic nominee has not yet been decided: As of Wednesday morning, former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler was in second place with 18.7% of the vote, while Michael Owens, a former Cobb County Democratic Party chairman, was in third, with 16.5%. Former Milledgeville, Georgia, Mayor Floyd Griffin is in fourth with 11%.

Nguyen, who rose to national prominence after challenging Republican voter fraud conspiracy theories and efforts to undermine Democratic victories in the 2020 elections, would become the first Asian American candidate elected to statewide office in Georgia history if she wins the runoff and the general election in November.

Dawkins-Haigler, Owens or Griffin would become the first Black secretary of state in Georgia history if any of them prevail in the runoff and again in November.

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