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Foreground from left, a woman and a man wait to vote as others sign in, right, and cast their ballots, left, in the June 9 primary election at the Church of the Redeemer in Sandy Springs.

Democrat Jon Ossoff will face incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Libertarian Shane Hazel in the Nov. 3 general election after barely avoiding a runoff in the June 9 primary election, which also included the presidential primary and some special elections.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the presidential primary was postponed from March 24 and then it, along with the remaining elections, was delayed from May 19.

With 100% of precincts reporting, according both to the secretary of state’s and Fulton County’s websites, all races have been decided unless a recount changes the outcome. The victory by Ossoff, who had 52.81% of the vote, led the group of statewide races on the Fulton County ballot. Ossoff defeated Theresa Tomlinson (15.79%), Sarah Riggs Amico (11.77%), Maya Smith (9.46%), James Knox (4.17%), Marckeith DeJesus (3.87%) and Tricia Carpenter McCracken (2.74%). Perdue and Hazel were unopposed in the primary.

In the Democratic race for the District 13 U.S. House of Representatives seat, incumbent David Scott (52.91%) avoided a runoff against Keisha Waites (25.49%), Michael Owens (13.22%) and Jannquell Peters (8.38%). In November Scott will face Becky Hites, who beat Caesar Gonzales in the Republican race with 68.65%.

The other statewide campaigns on the Fulton ballot went as expected.

Joe Biden, who has won the Democratic nomination for president, dominated the Democratic ballot with 84.86% of the vote against fellow candidates Michael Bennett, Michael Bloomberg, Pet Buttigieg, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang, who have since dropped out of the race.

In addition to District 13, Fulton had two other contested U.S. House elections. In the District 5 Democratic primary, incumbent John Lewis beat Barrington Martin II with 87.65% and will face Republican Angela Stanton-King in November.

In District 6, Republican Karen Handel is heading to a rematch with incumbent Democrat Lucy McBath in November after getting 74.34% of the vote against Joe Profit (14.78%), Blake Harbin (4.86%), Mykel Barthelemy (4.31%) and Paulette Smith (1.71%).

In the Public Service Commission race, Daniel Blackman defeated John Noel with 71.64% in the Democratic primary and will face incumbent Republican Lauren “Bubba” McDonald in November.


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