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Early voting starts today for May 21 primary

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Georgia voters can begin heading to the polls today as early voting will get underway for the May 21 primary and nonpartisan judicial elections.

For the following three weeks, individuals throughout the state can vote to decide on their nominees for congressional and state legislative seats, in addition to for native races together with sheriffs, district attorneys and county commissioners.

Runoffs might be held June 18 in races the place candidates don’t win a majority in May.

Here is an inventory of races to maintain monitor of:

CONGRESSIONAL SHOWDOWN

Six Republicans are looking for their celebration’s nomination to succeed Ferguson in a district that runs alongside the Alabama border from Carrollton to Columbus and swings east into the Atlanta suburbs round Peachtree City and Fayetteville.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed his one-time aide Brian Jack for the seat. Also looking for the nomination are former state Sens. Mike Crane and Mike Dugan, former state Rep. Philip Singleton, Jim Bennett and Ray Blair.

On the Democratic facet, Val Almonord and Maura Keller are looking for their celebration’s nomination within the closely GOP district.

STATE SUPREME COURT

The May 21 vote is the overall election for judicial candidates, who run with out celebration labels.

Incumbent Justice Andrew Pinson, who was appointed to the court docket by Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022, is making an attempt to win a six-year time period. He is opposed by John Barrow, a former Democratic congressman. Barrow says he believes Georgians have a proper to abortion below the state structure, whereas Pinson says it’s inappropriate for him to speak about points and essential to not make the race partisan.

Justices Michael Boggs, John Ellington and Nels Peterson are unopposed. Six judges on the Georgia Court of Appeals are additionally unopposed, whereas Jeff Davis and Tabitha Ponder are contending for an open seat on that intermediate court docket of attraction.

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OTHER CONGRESSIONAL RACES

Incumbent U.S. Reps. Lucy McBath and David Scott, each Democrats, face challengers from their very own celebration in redrawn districts.

Scott faces six challengers within the thirteenth District in Atlanta’s southern and japanese suburbs. They embody former East Point City Council member Karen René, former South Fulton City Council member Mark Baker and lawyer Brian Johnson. On the Republican facet, Jonathan Chavez is working towards Johsie Fletcher.

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath has jumped from the seventh District to run within the sixth District, on the western facet of metro Atlanta. She’s being challenged by fellow Democrats Mandisha Thomas, a state consultant, and Jerica Richardson, a Cobb County commissioner.

LOCAL RACES

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, within the nationwide highlight for her prosecution of former President Trump and others, faces lawyer Christian Wise Smith within the Democratic primary. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, who’s presiding in the identical case, is being challenged by lawyer and speak present host Robert Patillo. Lawyer Tiffani Johnson was disqualified from difficult McAfee.

WHAT WILL TURNOUT BE LIKE?

While 5 million or extra Georgians might vote in November’s presidential election, historical past suggests many fewer individuals will vote within the primary.

In 2016, the final time the state primaries didn’t coincide with the presidential primary, solely one-fifth as many individuals voted in May as within the presidential basic election in November. With few hotly contested congressional primaries, races for county places of work could also be what deliver voters to the polls in some components of Georgia.

The Associated Press contributed to this text.

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