Georgia 5/22 Primary: At a Glance


Georgia has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, May 22. Here are some election facts and a few key races, with the names of the Democratic candidates and links to their campaign websites.

Georgia has an open primary. Voters need to be registered by April 24. Register or check your registration status at I Will Vote.

The State At A Glance
– No Senators are up for re-election in 2018
– All 14 House Representatives are up for re-election
– Georgia went +5 for Trump in 2016
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
Governor (R)
State Senate 37 (R) – 19 (D)
State House 116 (R) – 64 (D)

Key Races

The current governor is Nathan Deal (R), who is term-limited from seeking re-election. This race is being watched closely nationally. While Georgia has not elected a Democratic governor since the 90s, there are several factors at play which changes the landscape for 2018.

Stacey Abrams – campaign website
Stacey Evans – campaign website

Current Sect. of State is Brian Kemp (R), who is choosing to run for governor instead of seeking another term.

John Barrow – campaign website
Dee Dawkins-Haigler – campaign website
R.J. Hadley – campaign Facebook page

The 6th district is one of the competitive races, currently held by Republican Karen Handel but only rated Lean Republican by Cook Political Report. The Democratic primary is crowded with four candidates.

Kevin Abel – campaign website
Steven Knight Griffin – campaign website
Bobby Kaple – campaign website
Lucy McBath – campaign website

All 56 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. The Democrats broke the Republican supermajority with one special election win in 2017, but the margin is razor thin. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee has Georgia’s State Senate on its target list as it is critical to their anti-gerrymandering efforts. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 180 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The Republicans are only 4 seats away from a supermajority. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure what state district number you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Georgia Elections 2018

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