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December 4--  The two Republican candidates in Tuesday's Georgia runoff election both won victories.

In the race for Secretary of State, former State Representative Brad Raffensperger defeated former U.S. Congressman John Barrow by a margin of 52% to 48%.

"Georgia has been so good to me and I'm just very excited and humbled that I am going to be your next Secretary of State," Raffensperger said.

Democrat Barrow formerly represented this area of Georgia in the U.S. Congress but was soundly rejected by local voters.  He got less than 30% of the total vote in Toombs, Montgomery and Treutlen counties.  Raffensperger got 74% of the vote in Toombs, 75% in Montgomery and 69% in Treutlen.

The District Three seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission was retained by incumbent Republican Chuck Eaton over Democrat Lindy Miller with a 4% margin of victory.  Like Raffensperger, Eaton garnered a large majority of votes locally with 77% of the vote in both Toombs and Montgomery counties and 71% in Treutlen County.

Raffensperger's election means all of Georgia's constitutional offices are still being held by conservative Republicans.  However, in view of the close gubernatorial race last month, State Representative Greg Morris of Vidalia is cautiously optimistic about the political future of the state, "I'm hoping and thinking that Stacey Abrams was kind of one of a time candidate.  The presidential election is coming up in '20 and the seats for the legislature are coming up in '20  and I hope during that period of time Georgians can see what kind of job Governor Kemp does and we'll have a lot better outcome that we did in 2018."

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