Open statewide seats, House races on Georgia midterm ballot
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Georgia voters have several key races to settle on Election Day beyond the heated contest for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
Democrats hope enthusiasm for Abrams’ campaign will also help them win open seats for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner. Republicans have successfully shut out Democrats from holding any statewide office in Georgia since 2010.
Republican Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall face strong Democratic challengers in metro Atlanta congressional districts long considered safe for the GOP. Democrats see a potential opening as demographic shifts have made the Atlanta suburbs less white.
Meanwhile, Republican incumbents on the utility-regulating Public Service Commission are running amid an outcry over spiraling costs for the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion.
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