Burt Jones declares victory but Butch Miller is not ready to concede

The race could still go to a runoff for the Republican nomination for Georgia Lt. Governor

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – Going into Wednesday evening, we’re still not sure if there will be a runoff race among Republican Primary candidates for Lieutenant Governor.

With more than 99% of the vote counted, candidate Burt Jones is just barely above the 50% threshold for a runoff.

Lt Gov Race

That was close enough for him this evening to declare victory.

“While we narrowly avoided a runoff, we won 153 of 159 counties and received over 210,000 more votes than our next closest competitor.”

But second place finisher Butch Miller isn’t conceding the race just yet.

This evening, his campaign released this statement.

“As the candidate who championed the passage of the strongest election law in the country, I know how important it is that every legal vote be counted. As of now, there are still outstanding votes that have not been counted. When the final tally is in, we will know for sure if there will be a runoff or not. Until then, any speculation or political posturing is just that.”

The Democratic side of this race is in the same boat.

Their 9 candidate field is definitely headed to a runoff on June 21st.

Kwanza Hall, who lead the primary with 30% of the vote will face runnerup Charlie Bailey.

Dem Lt Gov

The race was wide open in both parties because current Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan decided not to run for re-election.

Here is the full statement this evening from Burt Jones:

Burt Jones said, “What a great and hard-fought win! Jan and I are so grateful to the people of Georgia for their vote of confidence, and I am truly honored to be the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. This was a spirited campaign–but we worked hard every day to share our positive vision, and it clearly resonated with voters across the state. While we narrowly avoided a runoff, we won 153 of 159 counties and received over 210,000 more votes than our next closest competitor. Now is the time to unite as a party and stand together against whichever Democrat candidate emergesand I look forward to working together with my primary opponents to do just that.

 

As we shift toward the general election, our message will remain the same: Working together, we’re going to eliminate our state income tax and put money back into the pockets of hardworking Georgians, improve our K-12 education system by empowering parents and teachers, stand with our law enforcement to reduce crime and protect Georgia families, and strengthen the integrity and transparency of our elections. 

 

And let me be clear: No matter which Democrat candidate emerges from their intraparty fight, he will have to answer for the skyrocketing inflation, record-high gas prices, surging crime and supply chain issues that Georgians are facing every day due to the failed policies of their party. In the meantime, our campaign will be focused on offering real solutions to these issues and more as we work to improve the lives of every family in our state. 

 

Again, thank you for helping us achieve this big win–and rest assured, the best is yet to come as we work toward a big win in November! God Bless!”

“As the candidate who championed the passage of the strongest election law in the country, I know how important it is that every legal vote be counted. As of now, there are still outstanding votes that have not been counted. When the final tally is in, we will know for sure if there will be a runoff or not. Until then, any speculation or political posturing is just that.”

 

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Neil Bitting

Butch Miller for Georgia

Campaign Manager

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