2014 elections preview: Georgia to hold runoff primary elections

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July 21, 2014

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

The primary elections of the 2014 election season will continue with primary runoff elections in Georgia tomorrow. The crowded field of candidates in the race for the Senate seat and three House seats were narrowed down to the top two candidates after the primary elections on May 20, 2014. Georgia law dictates that if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the top two candidates advance to a runoff primary.[1] The winner will then advance to the general election in November. Georgia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[2][3][4]

In Georgia, polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Any voter who is waiting in line to vote at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.[5]


U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R). Chambliss was first elected in 2002. On January 25, 2013, Chambliss announced that he was retiring at the end of his current term and would not seek re-election in 2014.[6]

The primary for the open seat was highlighted as one of the top five primaries to watch in 2014.[1] The crowded Republican field included Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, businessman David Perdue, former secretary of state Karen Handel, Derrick Grayson and Art Gardner.[7] As the top two candidates, Jack Kingston and David Perdue will face off in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.[8][9][10]

Rep. Jack Kingston has consistently beat out David Perdue in polls of the runoff race since the primary election.

Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, will face Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford and the winner of the Republican runoff primary in the general election.[7]

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2014

There are fourteen seats up for grabs in the Georgia's 2014 congressional elections. The Republican Party currently holds nine of the fourteen seats.

Members of the U.S. House from Georgia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 4
     Republican Party 9 10
Total 14 14

District 1

See also: Georgia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Heading into the election the incumbent is Jack Kingston (R), who was first elected in 1992. On May 2, 2013, Kingston announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who will be retiring at the end of this term.[11][12]

The primary elections on May 20, 2014, narrowed down the crowded list of candidates on both the Democratic and Republican tickets, but because no candidate received a majority of the votes in the primary election the top two candidates from each party advanced to the runoff elections.

State Senator Earl "Buddy" Carter will take on surgeon and former Army Ranger Bob Johnson for the nomination on the Republican ticket. Amy Tavio and Brian Reese will face off for the Democratic nomination.

District 10

See also: Georgia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Paul C. Broun (R) was first elected in a special election in 2007.[13] In February 2013, Broun announced that he would not seek re-election, and would instead make a bid for the U.S. Senate seat.[14] Mike Collins (Georgia) and Jody Hice emerged from the crowded field of primary candidates as the top two candidates in the primary election. Because no candidate received a majority of the votes, they will face off in the runoff primary.[15] The winner will take on civil rights lawyer Ken Dious (D) in the general election.

District 11

See also: Georgia's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Heading into the election the incumbent is Phil Gingrey (R), who was elected in 2002. On March 27, 2013, in Augusta, GA, Gingrey announced that he would run for the open U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Chambliss will retire rather than seek re-election to the Senate in 2014.[16][17]

The primary election on May 20, 2014, narrowed down the crowded list of GOP candidates, but because no candidate received a majority of the votes the top two candidates advanced to primary runoff elections. No Democratic candidates filed to run, making the winner of the battle between former Representative Bob Barr and state Senator Barry Loudermilk the winner of the seat.

Loudermilk received endorsements from the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks PAC, the Madison Project and the Georgia Right to Life.[18][19][20]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  5. Official Code of Georgia, "Title 21, Chapter 2, Section 403," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Washington Post, "Saxby Chambliss retiring in 2014," accessed January 25, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Georgia Secretary of State, "Candidate Details," accessed May 18, 2014
  8. Georgia Elections, "Calendar," accessed May 21, 2014
  9. Associated Press, "Georgia Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  10. Huffington Post, "GOP Candidate David Perdue Makes Last-Ditch Effort To Secure Primary Victory," accessed May 12, 2014
  11. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Jack Kingston declares for U.S. Senate -- and Karen Handel says, 'Don't forget me'" accessed May 2, 2013
  12. The Coastal Source, "Congressman Jack Kingston to make announcement Thursday" accessed May 2, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 14, 2013
  14. Barrow Patch, " State Representative Considering Run for Paul Broun's Seat in U.S. House of Representatives" accessed April 16, 2013 (dead link)
  15. Associated Press, "Georgia Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  16. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Phil Gingrey rejects gun clip limits, changes course on Todd Akin," accessed March 11, 2013
  17. AJC "Phil Gingrey Enters 2014 Race for U.S. Senate" accessed March 28, 2013
  18. The Madison Project, "Barry Loudermilk for Congress in Georgia’s 11th District," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. Peach Pundit, "FreedomWorks PAC Endorses Loudermilk," accessed November 12, 2013
  20. Washington Post, "Club for Growth endorses Loudermilk, Johnson in Georgia runoffs," accessed May 26, 2014