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Kemp appears headed to victory over Cagle in GOP race; Richmond Hill resident appears headed to victory in Democratic primary
Otha Thornton
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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has apparently defeated Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in the Republican primary runoff for governor.

With nearly 75 percent of precincts statewide reporting in, Kemp had garnered almost 70 percent of the vote, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Kemp outpolled Cagle 1,277-808 in Bryan County, according to information from Bryan County elections officials.

In a much quieter, less publicized primary, Richmond Hill resident Otha Thornton held a solid lead over opponent Sid Chapman in the statewide race to represent Democrats in the November election for state school superintendent.

Thornton had 59.7 percent of the vote in the primary with slightly more than 76 percent of precincts across the state counted, according to the state website. 

Thornton won Bryan County by a 130-53 vote margin over Democrat Sid Chapman.

In other GOP primary runoffs results in Bryan County, Geoff Duncan narrowly defeated David Shafer 994-964 in the lieutenant governor's contest and Brad Raffensperger outpolled David Belle Isle 1,133-750 in the secretary of state race.

Those results mirrored the statewide tallies. 

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