Updated May 27 to correct Camden County’s Districts 2 and 4 results.
Vote totals remain unofficial Wednesday morning; Scroll to bottom for full listings of statewide, county results.
The home of University of Georgia National Championship Quarterback Stetson Bennett was the first county in Georgia’s U.S. House First District to finish tallying votes Tuesday night. The deep red county selected Gov. Brian Kemp for the Republican gubernatorial candidate with 53% of the vote and Herschel Walker as the Republican U.S. Senate candidate with 85%.
With all precincts reporting, one of the two anti-spaceport candidates for Camden County Commission has won. Jim Goodman, a St. Marys council member and one of the two petitioners who brought the spaceport issue to a referendum in March beat incumbent and current commission chair Gary Blount for the District 4 seat. In District 2, Independent Clara Harden will face Republican Martin Turner, who defeated spaceport critic Steve Weinkle, garnering 782 votes to Weinkle’s 743. Overall, the 19% voter turnout was similar to the 17% seen for the single issue special election in March in which voters overwhelmingly rejected the purchase of land for Spaceport Camden.
Most of Glynn’s local races, such as county commissioner and board of election positions had candidates running unopposed, leaving little drama about those primary results. On a statewide level, Glynn Republicans preferred Burt Jones, the President Trump-backed candidate for lieutenant governor. Jones, whose family owns a petroleum business and gas stations, garnered 54% of Glynn Republican votes Tuesday. He is calling for a statewide investigation into the 2020 election.
Other Trump-endorsed candidates, including David Perdue who was a longtime resident of Sea Island, didn’t fare as well. Glynn residents voted for Kemp over Perdue by a more than 2-to1 margin. Tracy Pittman, 56, an auditor in Glynn County, said the choice between Kemp and Perdue was difficult. “That was a toss-up for me, and I had to decide who was best to beat Abrams, so I went with Brian Kemp because I think he’s the strongest right now.”
McIntosh Board of Elections registered their vote totals well after midnight, and those results showed close local races for county commissioner. No clear winner had emerged in the safe Republican seat in District 5, meaning a runoff would occur between Tim Gartner and Davis Poole. Neither man broke the 50% mark. Roger Lotson won the commission seat contested by Democrats. Turnout was sluggish throughout the day, but voters casting ballots said they were as interested in their county commission races as they were the state races.
By midnight Tuesday night, Liberty County Board of Elections had their ballots tallied. Longtime resident Joyce Griggs was leading her competitors in the U.S. House First District Democratic primary with 56% of the vote, while Wade Herring had 32% and Michelle Munroe had 11%. Voting through the majority minority county was steady but slow throughout the day. Riceboro resident Lisa Thomas went to vote before lunchtime and reported no lines and a smooth process. “Nothing but smiles from the poll workers,” she said of the experience.
Bryan County had little drama with local primary races, with county commissioner and board of election candidates running largely unopposed. Residents who voted with Republican primary ballots chose Kemp and Raffensperger by a wide margin. But they supported Trump-backed lieutenant governor candidate Bert Jones and Herschel Walker too.
Georgia’s sixth-most populous county had technical problems in tallying their votes and would be counting over 4,000 ballots by hand Wednesday. Some local races, including Chief Recorders Court Judge, were still too close to call, according to the unofficial results tallied at midnight. Roger Moss was in the lead to become the next school board president with 50.5% of the vote, but he could slip below that 50% threshold with the still-to-be-counted ballots. The candidates vying for seats on the Board of Election who believe that the 2020 Elections were stolen from Trump failed to win their races. Wade Herring and Joyce Griggs were neck and neck, another sign that they looked to be headed to a runoff across the First District. GOP lieutenant governor candidate and Savannahian Jeanne Seaver lost her race, garnering close to 8% statewide.
Effingham is home to the Georgian convicted of seditious conspiracy for his role in violently attempting to prevent the certification of the 2020 Election. But Republican voters in the Tuesday primary largely selected the slate of candidates for state office who are known for defying Trump. Kemp won handily here, as did Raffensperger and Chris Carr, the incumbent secretary of state and attorney general.