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Georgia state executive official elections, 2014

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Partisan breakdown
Candidates by office
Voter turnout
Key deadlines
State executive organization
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Recent news
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Ten state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Georgia. The general election was held on November 4, 2014, following a primary on May 20 and a runoff where necessary on July 22.

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.[1][2][3]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Georgia:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held ten of the ten state executive seats up for election in 2014 in Georgia.

Georgia State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Republican Party 10 10
     Democratic Party 0 0
Total 10 10

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Governor

  • Republican primary
Governor of Georgia, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNathan Deal Incumbent 72.1% 430,170
David Pennington 16.7% 99,548
John Barge 11.2% 66,500
Total Votes 596,218
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Lt. Governor

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Attorney General

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Secretary of State

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary
Georgia Secretary of State, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoreen Carter 68.8% 201,052
Gerald Beckum 31.2% 91,198
Total Votes 292,250
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.

State Superintendent of Schools

Republican runoff

Georgia State Superintendents of Schools, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Woods 50.1% 199,441
Mike Buck 49.9% 198,741
Total Votes 398,182
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.


Democratic runoff

Georgia State Superintendents of Schools, Democratic Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValarie Wilson 54.4% 73,740
Alisha Thomas Morgan 45.6% 61,882
Total Votes 135,622
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.


  • Republican primary
Georgia Superintendent of Schools, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Buck 19.5% 91,435
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Woods 16.8% 78,542
Mary Kay Bacallao 15.3% 71,810
Ashley Bell 15% 70,065
Nancy Jester 10.9% 51,211
Fitz Johnson 7.7% 35,862
Allen Bowles Fort 6.3% 29,504
Sharyl Dawes 5.4% 25,468
Kira Willis 3.1% 14,584
Total Votes 468,481
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.
  • Democratic primary
Georgia Superintendent of Schools, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValarie Wilson 32.6% 96,849
Green check mark transparent.pngAlisha Thomas Morgan 26.4% 78,460
Denise Freeman 18.3% 54,428
Tarnisha Dent 13.5% 40,007
Jurita Forehand Mays 5.7% 16,818
Rita Robinzine 3.6% 10,609
Total Votes 297,171
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.

Insurance Commissioner

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary
Georgia Insurance Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLiz Johnson 69.9% 203,318
Keith Heard 30.1% 87,437
Total Votes 290,755
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.

Labor Commissioner

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Agriculture Commissioner

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Public Service Commissioner - District 1

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Public Service Commissioner - District 4

  • Republican primary
Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBubba McDonald Incumbent 62.3% 318,930
Doug Kidd 20.8% 106,738
Craig Lutz 16.9% 86,429
Total Votes 512,097
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor

Governor of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNathan Deal Incumbent 52.7% 1,345,237
     Democratic Jason Carter 44.9% 1,144,794
     Libertarian Andrew Hunt 2.4% 60,185
Total Votes 2,550,216
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Lt. Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCasey Cagle Incumbent 58% 1,466,505
     Democratic Connie Stokes 42% 1,062,557
Total Votes 2,529,062
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Georgia Attorney General, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel S. Olens Incumbent 56.9% 1,436,987
     Democratic Greg Hecht 43.1% 1,087,268
Total Votes 2,524,255
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Kemp Incumbent 57.5% 1,452,554
     Democrat Doreen Carter 42.5% 1,075,101
Total Votes 2,527,655
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.


State Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Woods 55.1% 1,391,005
     Democratic Valarie Wilson 44.9% 1,132,886
Total Votes 2,523,891
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Insurance Commissioner

Insurance Commissioner of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hudgens Incumbent 54.9% 1,382,551
     Democratic Liz Johnson 41.7% 1,050,883
     Libertarian Ted Metz 3.4% 86,427
Total Votes 2,519,861
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Labor Commissioner

Labor Commissioner of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Butler Incumbent 56.9% 1,427,662
     Democratic Robbin Shipp 43.1% 1,079,898
Total Votes 2,507,560
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Agriculture Commissioner

Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Black Incumbent 58.3% 1,462,039
     Democrat Christopher Irvin 41.7% 1,047,339
Total Votes 2,509,378
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Public Service Commissioner - District 1

Public Services Commissioner of Georgia, District 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Everett Incumbent 68.3% 1,532,652
     Libertarian John Monds 31.7% 710,408
Total Votes 2,243,060
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Public Service Commissioner - District 4

Public Services Commissioner of Georgia, District 4, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBubba McDonald Incumbent 53.4% 1,341,182
     Democratic Daniel Blackman 41.7% 1,048,917
     Libertarian Robin Aaron Gilmer 4.9% 122,326
Total Votes 2,512,425
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[13] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[14]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[15]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[16]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 7, 2014 Filing deadline for candidates
May 20, 2014 Primary election
June 27, 2014 Filing deadline for independent candidates
July 22, 2014 Primary runoff election
September 2, 2014 Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the general election
November 4, 2014 General election
December 31, 2014 Inauguration day for public service commissioners elected in general election
January 12, 2015 Inauguration day for all other state executives elected in general election

State executive organization

Executive officials in Georgia are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges. The following chart details the relationship among different branches of Georgia's state government:

Georgia exec org chart.png

Ballotpedia reports

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Recent news

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References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Casey Cagle for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  5. Brian Kemp for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  6. Sam Olens for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  7. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Your Daily Jolt: John Barge kicks off gubernatorial run today," September 3, 2013
  8. Ralph Hudgens for Insurance Commissioner, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
  9. Gary Black for Agriculture Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
  10. Mark Butler for Labor Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  11. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information for May 20 Primary Election: Public Service Commission," March 3, 2014
  12. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information for May 20 Primary Election: Public Service Commission," March 3, 2014
  13. United States Elections Project, "2014 November General Election Turnout Rates," November 7, 2014
  14. TIME, "Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections Hits 72-Year Low," November 10, 2014
  15. PBS, "2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years," November 10, 2014
  16. U.S. News & World Report, "Midterm Turnout Down in 2014," November 5, 2014