Four congressional races in Georgia move to runoffs on August 11

Four primary runoff elections are scheduled in three of Georgia’s congressional districts on August 11, 2020. Primary runoffs in Georgia were originally scheduled to be held on July 21 but were postponed to August 11 amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The statewide primary election was held on June 9, 2020.

To avoid a runoff, candidates for select federal and state offices in Georgia must receive a majority (50% +1) of the votes cast in the election. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, a runoff between the top two candidates is required. The filing deadline to run in the primary election passed on March 6, 2020, and the general election is scheduled on November 3, 2020.

Candidates are in primary runoff elections in the following congressional districts:

U.S. House District 1

• Democrats Joyce Marie Griggs and Lisa Ring are facing off to determine who will challenge incumbent Earl Carter (R) in the general election.

U.S. House District 9
• The seat is open after incumbent Doug Collins (R), who was first elected in 2012, opted not to run for re-election this cycle. He has instead filed to run in a special election to the U.S. Senate to represent Georgia. Primary runoffs are being held for both the Democratic and Republican parties.
• Democratic primary runoff: Devin Pandy and Brooke Siskin are facing off to determine who will advance to the general election.

• Republican primary runoff: Andrew Clyde and Matt Gurtler are facing off for a spot in the general election.

U.S. House District 14
• The seat is open after incumbent Tom Graves (R), first elected in 2010, announced he would not seek re-election in 2020.

• Republicans John Cown and Marjorie Taylor Greene are running in the runoff to secure a spot in the general election where the winner will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal.

Ballotpedia is also covering Georgia elections in the following areas:
• U.S. Senate
• Public Service Commission
• State Senate
• State House
• State supreme court
• State court of appeals
• Local elections in DeKalb County and Fulton County
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Jackson defeats Winegarner in TX-13 Republican primary runoff

Ronny Jackson defeated Josh Winegarner in the Republican primary runoff for Texas’ 13th Congressional District. As of 9:45 p.m. Central Time, Jackson had received 55.6% of the vote to Winegarner’s 44.4%, with 90% of precincts reporting.

President Donald Trump (R), U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) endorsed Jackson. Incumbent Rep. Mac Thornberry (R), who did not seek re-election, endorsed Winegarner, along with U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Lance Gooden (R-Texas), and Kenny Marchant (R-Texas).

Thornberry, who was first elected in 1994, won his last election in 2018 by a margin of victory of 65 percentage points. Major independent observers rate the general election as solid Republican or safe Republican.

Tuberville defeats Sessions in Republican primary runoff for Senate in Alabama

Tommy Tuberville defeated Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate in Alabama. Tuberville received 63% of the vote to Sessions’ 37% as of 8:20 p.m. CDT on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump endorsed Tuberville, a former college football coach. Sessions held the Senate seat for 20 years before Trump appointed him as U.S. attorney general in 2017. Club for Growth PAC and FarmPAC—the political action committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation—were among Tuberville’s other endorsers. Sessions’ endorsers included the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, and several U.S. senators.

Tuberville will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D) in November. Roll Call named Jones the most vulnerable incumbent senator up for re-election in 2020.

South Carolina to hold 11 primary runoffs for state legislative seats on June 23

South Carolina is holding primary runoffs on June 23, 2020, for races in which a candidate did not receive a majority of votes in the primary on June 9. Eleven races will be on the primary runoff ballot, including nine state House seats and two state Senate seats.

The two state Senate primary runoffs include one for the Republican Party and one for the Democratic Party. Five of the state House primary runoffs are Republican, and four are Democratic.

Three incumbents are running in primary runoffs: Republican Luke Rankin in Senate District 33, Republican Neal Collins in House District 5, and Republican Bill Chumley in House District 35.

North Carolina also had a primary runoff election scheduled for June 23, 2020, but it was not needed for any state-level races.

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