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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Primary results: Nunn, Deal, Parent win nominations; Perdue and Kingston head to runoff

Plus, Eaves edges out Pitts in Fulton chairman race

MOVING ON: Michelle Nunn, now the official Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate seat, will face winner of runoff between GOP candidates David Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston.
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  • MOVING ON: Michelle Nunn, now the official Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate seat, will face winner of runoff between GOP candidates David Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston.

Runoffs! Upsets! Vernon Jones! Here's a quick rundown of who won what - and what races remain undecided. (View the unofficial results here. Fulton County races can be found here.)

* There was little doubt going into the primary that Gov. Nathan Deal would defeat Georgia Schools Superintendent John Barge and former Dalton Mayor David Pennington. The only question was by how much. The incumbent Republican, who could face a tough challenge in November from state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, ended up garnering more than 70 percent of the vote.

* Nonprofit leader Michelle Nunn, the most well-financed and organized candidate running for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, trumped Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki, Todd Robinson, and Steen Miles. Nunn will face the winner of what's sure to be a brutal and costly runoff taking place in July between business executive David Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston, R-Savannah.

* Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, one of the Gold Dome's biggest Bible beaters, will meet former GOP Congressman Bob Barr to fill the seat that U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey left open to make an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. (Follow your dream, Phil!)

* Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, won another term in his re-election contest with former DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown.

* Valarie Wilson, a former Decatur City Schools board member and president of the Georgia School Boards Association, must meet state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, D-Austell, in a runoff to determine the Democratic nominee for School Superintendent. Whoever wins that contest will face the winner of a July runoff between GOP candidates Mike Buck and Richard Woods.

* Fulton County government appears ready for some ch-ch-changes as well. Fulton Chairman John Eaves has sent Commissioner Robb Pitts packing in one of the closest races of the night, beating him by less than 400 votes. Commissioner Emma Darnell narrowly beat fellow Commissioner Bill Edwards . Both elected officials represent South Fulton and were drawn together during redistricting. Former Atlanta City Councilman Lee Morris enjoyed a healthy lead for the Republican nomination to serve as District 3 commissioner. Democrats Brenda Muhammad, a former Atlanta Public Schools board member, and attorney Marvin Arrington, Jr., are headed for a runoff to become the Democratic nominee for District 5 commissioner.

* Elena Parent, who butted heads against fellow Democrat Kyle Williams, easily won the progressive district currently repped by Carter, who's exiting to run for the Governor's Mansion. Parent will challenge Republican Greg Williams in November.

In other races:

* Interim DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann must get his supporters back to the polls to win a special election runoff against - ta da! - former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones.

* State Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, defeated nonprofit leader Angela Stovall with more than 70 percent of the vote. The progressive incumbent faces no challenger in November.

* Tom "I bet this mailer will really shake things up" Cox was unable to unseat incumbent Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Campbell.

* Anyone expecting a night of incumbents skating to easy victories were proven wrong. After surviving a scandal or two, state. Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, has been sent packing following a last-minute attack campaign. GOP state Reps. Charles Gregory of Marietta and Sam Moore of Macedonia looked like they'd be leaving the Gold Dome. Moore became persona non grata under the Gold Dome for introducing looney legislation, including a bill that would do away with some sex-offender restrictions.

There are many, many other races. Let us know what catches your eye.

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