Burt Jones

Georgia state Senator Burt Jones, candidate for Georgia Secretary of state, speaks to Cobb County Republicans

ATLANTA — Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller conceded defeat Friday in a tight race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

With 100% of the vote counted, state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, received 50.07% of the vote, narrowly avoiding a runoff with Miller, R-Gainesville, who finished second in a four-way race with 31.12% of the vote.

“I hoped for a different outcome in the election, but the people have spoken, and the votes have now been counted,” Miller said Friday. “Earlier today, I spoke with and congratulated the victor, Burt Jones, and wish him well. I look forward to supporting Burt in the upcoming general election.”

Jones doesn’t yet know who he will face in the general election in November. The Democratic nomination will be decided in a June 21 runoff between former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and Charlie Bailey.

Hall won 31.3% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, a contest that featured nine candidates. Bailey finished second to make the runoff with 17.6% of the vote.

Current Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Republican, is not seeking reelection.

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gee whiz

How many losers was that for Trump? Everybody but Herschel that Trump endorsed lost, right? And there's no tellin' how many votes Herschel lost due to Trump's endorsement of him! Herschel won 'cause he Herschel. Not 'cause of that friggin loser, Donald Javina Trump

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