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Richmond Hill Democrats enjoy primary success
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Lisa Ring scored a decisive victory in the Democratic primary for Georgia’s First Congressional District Tuesday. Otha Thornton, meanwhile, likely moves on to a July 24 runoff after garnering the most votes in the Democratic primary for state schools superintendent.

With 80 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Ring lead Barbara Seidman of Waycross by a 66-34 margin and moves on to face incumbent Republican Buddy Carter in November. Ring said when she announced her candidacy last summer that she considered Carter her main opponent.

“I feel energized and ready to go,” Ring said. “We’ll continue to work hard like we’ve done the last 11 months, visiting all 17 counties in the district and listening to people, talking about the issues.”

Thornton, meanwhile, advances to the runoff for the Democratic nomination in the state school superintendent race against Sid Chapman. Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in a primary.

The winner will take on incumbent Republican Richard Woods in November. With 82 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Thornton had 44 percent of the vote and Chapman had 36. Sam Mosteller was third with 20 percent.

Thornton late Tuesday night said he still though it might be possible to get past the 50 percent mark to secure the nomination.

“We did really well in the rural areas and now we’re waiting for the cities to come in,” he said. “Once everything is in we’ll take a look at the numbers, do our analysis and move toward shoring up victory in the next round.”

There were no contested races locally, and the Bryan County TSPLOST passed 65-35.

In the gubernatorial primaries, Stacey Abrams bested Stacey Evans for the Democratic nomination by a 75-25 margin. Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp advance from a six-way race on the Republican side to the July 24 runoff.

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