Georgia election results varied


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Republican Brian Kemp is sworn in as governor. The governor’s race is just one of the races that was decided in the Georgia 2022 midterms.

Ashton Lewandowski, Staff Writer

Midterm elections took place November 8, although this might not have been made clear to the ballot counters. 

As voting and ballot counting continues to take place days after the election across the United States, the Georgia elections appear to have been finished, at least for now.

Across Georgia, there were 274 total elections, including 180 state representative races, various judicial positions, and the more coveted roles such as the governor and senate seats. 

Starting in Starr’s Mill’s own federal Representative District 3, Republican Drew Ferguson swept Democrat Val Almonord by 37 points. Ferguson has represented District 3 since 2016. 

Neither side gained representatives in the United States Congress, with districts that voted red in 2020 continuing to vote red, and districts that voted blue continuing to vote blue. This lack of progress by both sides is mirrored on a federal level, as the house of representatives and the senate makeup is expected to stay roughly the same.

Republicans Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensberger both fought off their democratic challengers for the governor and secretary of state positions, respectively. Republican Burt Jones similarly secured the lieutenant governor position. 

This is the second loss by Democrat Stacy Abrams against Kemp for the governor spot. The pair last contested in 2018, and Kemp’s victory led Stacy Abrams to claim election fraud.   

Not every election in Georgia has been decided, with the senate race being delayed a month as neither Democrat Raphael Warnock nor Republican Herschel Walker secured a vote share more than 50%. This means the Georgia senate election will be decided in a runoff, which is sure to give some Georgia voters whiplash from the 2020’s senate elections that both ended in a runoff.

Because of the chaotic situations surrounding this year’s and the previous Georgia senate races, Warnock will have actually competed in and potentially won four separate senate races despite not having ever served a full term in the senate. 

The Georgia senate runoff election might decide which party has control over the senate, which it also decided in 2020 with Jon Ossofff and Warnock getting elected in the runoff, putting the balance of power at a 50/50 split between the Republicans and the Democrats, with Vice President Kamala Harris being the tie breaker.

 Anyone who was eligible to vote for the 2022 midterm elections will be able to vote in the Georgia senate runoff election.