Primary preview: Georgia state executive elections, 2014

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May 19, 2014

Georgia

By Maresa Strano

May 19, 2014 Election Preview
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Atlanta, Georgia: Ten state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Georgia: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state schools superintendent, insurance commissioner, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of labor and two seats on the public service commission. Going into the 2014 electoral cycle, all ten positions are held by Republicans.

On May 20, voters will nominate candidates from six contested primary fields - three Republican and three Democratic - to send to the November 4 general election.[1]

These contests include Republican primaries for governor, state schools superintendent and public service commissioner, representing district 4, and Democratic primaries for secretary of state, state schools superintendent and insurance commissioner.

Incumbents are seeking re-election in nine of the ten seats. The exception, current Georgia State Superintendent of Schools John Barge (R), is retiring from the office after one term in order to run for governor against GOP incumbent Nathan Deal.[2]

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.[3][4][5]

Below, Ballotpedia has put together a preview of those upcoming elections.

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.[6]



Georgia Governor
See also: Georgia Gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter is running unopposed for his party's primary nomination.[7] Also set to advance to the general election ballot, the Libertarian Party nominated businessman and geologist Andrew Hunt for the office.[8]

Republican Primary
Polls
Georgia Governor - 2014 Republican primary
Poll Nathan Deal David PenningtonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Better Georgia Poll (dead link)
(May 7-9, 2013)
53%18%29%+/-2.51,483
Public Policy Polling
(August 2-5, 2013)
71%11%19%+/-6.1260
AVERAGES 62% 14.5% 24% +/-4.3 871.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Georgia Secretary of State
See also: Georgia secretary of state election, 2014

Republican incumbent Brian Kemp is running unopposed in the Republican primary.[13]

Democratic Primary

Georgia State Superintendent of Schools
See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican incumbent Georgia State Superintendent of Schools John Barge opted not to seek re-election in 2014 in order to run for governor.

Republican Primary
Democratic Primary

Georgia Insurance Commissioner
See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Democratic Primary

Georgia Labor Commissioner
See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner
See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Georgia Public Service Commissioner (District 1, 4)
See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014
District 1

District 1 incumbent H. Doug Everett (R) is running unopposed.

In the District 4 race, business manager Daniel Blackman is unopposed for the Democratic primary nomination.[34]

Republican Primary - District 4

A Republican primary will be held for one seat on the Public Service Commission:


See also

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References

  1. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information," accessed May 19, 2014
  2. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information," accessed May 19, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Official Code of Georgia, "Title 21, Chapter 2, Section 403," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Jason Carter for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 8, 2013
  8. Andrew Hunt for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed May 2, 2014
  9. Nathan Deal for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  10. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Your Daily Jolt: John Barge kicks off gubernatorial run today," September 3, 2013
  11. John Barge for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  12. David Pennington for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed August 6, 2013
  13. Brian Kemp for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  14. Doreen Carter for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  15. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information: Secretary of State," March 6, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information: State Schools Superintendent," accessed April 1, 2014
  17. Ashley Bell for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  18. Mary Kay Bacallao for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  19. Mike Buck for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  20. Nancy Jester for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  21. Sheryl Dawes for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  22. Fitz Johnson for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  23. Kira Willis 2014 Official campaign, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  24. Richard Woods for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  25. The Marietta Daily Journal, "Morgan to run for Ga. Superintendent," November 13, 2013
  26. Denise Freeman for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  27. Rita Robinzine for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  28. Valarie Wilson for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  29. Tarnisha Dent for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  30. Keith Heard for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014
  31. Liz Johnson for GA Insurance Commissioner, "Timeline," accessed December 18, 2013
  32. Robbin Shipp for Labor Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014
  33. Chris Irvin for Agriculture Commissioner, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  34. Daniel Blackman for PSC 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  35. Craig Lutz for PSC 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  36. Doug Kidd for PSC 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014