Two Republicans were on track to return to Georgia’s Public Service Commission late Tuesday with leads over their Democratic and Libertarian challengers.
As of midnight, Commissioners Chuck Eaton and Tricia Pridemore each led in their respective three-candidate races.
In District 3, which includes Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Rockdale counties, Eaton had about 1.77 million votes, roughly 50.4 percent, according to unofficial results. The two-term incumbent led Democrat Lindy Miller, who had 1.65 million votes, about 47 percent, and Libertarian challenger Ryan Graham, who had 93,142 votes, or 2.7 percent.
In District 5, which represents western Georgia, including Cobb, Pridemore led with 1.78 million votes, about 51 percent, according to unofficial results. That gave her the edge over Democratic challenger Dawn Randolph and Libertarian John Turpish. Randolph had 1.63 million votes at midnight, good for about 46.5 percent of the vote while Turpish had nearly 88,000 votes, good for roughly 2.5 percent.
Georgia’s Public Service Commission is the body responsible for regulating the state’s public utilities. It isn’t typically a race at the front of voters’ minds when they head to the polls, but this year, the fate of Plant Vogtle could hang in the balance. The nuclear power plant, located about 25 miles south of Augusta, is the only one under construction in the U.S. But the project is years behind schedule and billions over budget.
Both Eaton and Pridemore support the continuation of Vogtle.