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Thornton, Kemp win runoffs
Otha Thornton
Otha Thornton

In a runoff race that attracted little attention locally, Richmond Hill resident Otha Thornton won the Democratic nomination for state superintendent on Tuesday. 

Thornton outpolled Sid Chapman by a 130-53 vote margin in Bryan County. 

He garnered 86,708 votes statewide compared to Chapman’s 60,005, according to official results Wednesday on the secretary of state’s website.

Thornton, who is retired military and a military contractor on Fort Stewart, faces incumbent Richard Woods in the November election.

In the night’s highest profile runoff, Secretary of State Brian Kemp easily defeated Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the race to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal. All three men are Republicans.

Kemp, who got 69.45 percent of the 585,550 votes cast, will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in the fall. Abrams is trying to become the first black women in the U.S. to become governor. 

Other GOP runoff winners included Geoff Duncan in the bid for lieutenant governor and Brad Raffensperger for secretary of state.

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