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Primary Election recap: Cagle, Kemp head into GOP runoff
Some local, state races decided as others head to Nov. 6 election
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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp will face off in a July 24 runoff in the Republican governor primary.


With final results tallied, here’s a recap of results from the general primary last Tuesday,  May 22.

Dawson County District 3 Board of Education

The District 3 Board of Education seat went to Incumbent Karen Armstrong, who received 69.87 percent of the vote over challenger Joe Stapp. Armstrong will serve another four years on the board.

Armstrong works at the University of North Georgia in the Military Science Department with the Corps of Cadets.

District 9 State Representative

District 9 State Representative Kevin Tanner secured another two years in his seat after defeating newcomer Mark Hajduk with 73.9 percent of the vote. The 9th district contains parts of Dawson, Forsyth and Lumpkin counties.

Tanner was first elected in 2012, and worked as the county manager in Dawson County prior to that.

District 7 State Representative

Incumbent District 7 State Representative and current Speaker of the House David Ralston will face off against Democratic candidate Rick Day in November after beating Republican challenger Margaret Williamson last Tuesday with 74.1 percent of the vote.

The 7th district contains parts of Dawson, Fannin and Gilmer counties.

Ralston has served as the District 7 Representative since 2002, and before that served three terms in the Georgia State Senate.

District 9 U.S. Representative

Two candidates for District 9 U.S. Representative will face off against Incumbent Doug Collins in November after Josh McCall, a teacher at Riverside Military Academy, narrowly edged out fellow candidate Dave Cooper with 52.7 percent of the vote May 22. Libertarian candidate Robin Aaron Gilmer also qualified.

Collins is an attorney and took office in 2013.

This is McCall’s first run for public office.

Gilmer lives in Dawsonville and is a financial auditor. He also put in an unsuccessful bid for a Georgia Public Service Commission Seat in 2014.


Republican candidates for Governor Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are headed to a runoff July 24, because no single candidate won a majority of their party's votes. Cagle racked up 39.01 percent of the votes while Kemp brought in 25.5 percent.

A Gainesville native, Cagle has been the lieutenant governor of Georgia since 2007. Before that, he was elected to a state senate seat in 1994.

Kemp has served as Secretary of State since 2010, and served in the state senate from 2003 to 2007. He ran for state agriculture commissioner in 2006 but was unsuccessful.

The victor will face Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, who received 76.43 percent of the vote over Stacey Evans, in November.

Abrams is a former member off the Georgia House of Representatives, and represented District 89 from 2006 to 2017.

Libertarian candidate Ted Metz will also be on the ballot.

The elected candidate will succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who has held office since 2011.

The 2018 general election is Nov. 6.

Ballot and registration information will be available at the Secretary of State’s website as the election date nears. For full results from the May 22 primary, visit and click “election results.”