Brad Raffensperger to resign soon as Member of Georgia State House of Representatives

Dec. 6, 2018: Brad Raffensperger, Republican, won the runoff election for the position of George Secretary of State on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Raffensperger defeated former U.S. Rep. John Barrow, Democrat, in an election that occurred after no candidate received a majority of the votes cast in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, general election. The two candidates were separated by less than 20,000 votes in the first election, with Raffensperger running slightly ahead. Raffensperger led by more than four points in the runoff election held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, with 98 percent of precincts reporting voting results. Turnout appeared to be only about a third of the November number. Raffensperger has most recently been a Member of the Georgia State House of Representatives, representing District 50, since 2015. That term ends in 2019. Barrow represented a rural south Georgia district in the U.S. House from 2005 to 2015; he lost a re-election bid in 2014. Raffensperger was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in a 2015 special election. In 2018, Georgia is a Republican triplex, meaning the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State are all Republicans. The party maintained that status after the runoff election; Republicans also won the gubernatorial and Attorney General elections. Georgia Democrats have not won a statewide election since 2010.

Attribution: The Washington Post, Ballotpedia

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