ATLANTA - In the Georgia Secretary of State runoff election, Republican Brad Raffensperger has defeated Democrat John Barrow. Both candidates failed to receive the required majority vote for this seat in the November 6th General Mid-Term Election. The Decision Desk HQ made the call at 9:36 PM.
Fulton county reported its early vote, and it isn't nearly enough to erase Barrow's deficit.— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) December 5, 2018
In Fulton, the EV vote in the runoff broke for Barrow by about 20.5k.— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) December 5, 2018
It broke for him by 100k in November.
A lower turnout was always anticipated, and many pundits gave Raffensperger the edge in a runoff. In Habersham County alone, Raffensperger had a stronghold from the get go, garnering 83.96% of the votes just from early and absentee voting, and maintaining that margin throughout. Raffensperger will begin his transition immediately as he prepares to take over for Interim Secretary of State, Robyn A. Crittenden.
Raffensperger will begin his time as Secretary of State already deep in controversy as former Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, and a group known as Fair Fight Action are currently suing Interim SOS Crittenden in a lawsuit that is aimed at the former SOS and Governor-elect Brian Kemp. The lawsuit claims gross mismanagement of the election process and voter suppression tactics. Kemp has since dismissed those claims, and said that he is now focusing on other issues.
About the winner: Raffensperger served on the Johns Creek City Council from 2011 to 2015, and was elected to the Georgia House in 2014 for the 50th district, ending his term in January when he will be succeeded by Angelika Kausche.