It appears that all votes have been counted here except for provisional ballots in these two races.
In HD #50, Brad Raffensperger defeated Kelly Stewart by about 150 votes, despite finishing 2nd by about 50 votes four weeks ago. Total votes cast in the runoff was 17% greater than in the initial round of voting. Raffensperger is the first candidate to win a Special Election Runoff in Georgia after finishing 2nd in the Special Election since Tom Kirby did it three years ago in HD #107.
I will be eager to look at the precinct-level results when they come out to see if Raffensperger’s margin came from a certain part of the district, especially when compared to January’s results.
In HD #120, Trey Rhodes won the runoff over Jesse Copelan by a similar proportion as in the Special Election. Total votes cast in the runoff was about 8% less than in January, although provisional ballots may change that number slightly.
The total number of votes (5,074) is the second-most cast in a Georgia House District Special Election Runoff in the last five years. The most votes cast in a House Special Election Runoff was, again, Tom Kirby’s victory in HD #107, back in March 2012. However, that runoff was held on the same day as Georgia’s Presidential Preference Primary, which surely helped voter turnout quite a bit.
Here again, the precinct-level results should be very interesting.