Dec 4, 2017
Georgia 2017 Special Election Recap
Voters in two Senate and seven House districts went to the polls Nov. 7 to
cast their ballots in special elections for the Georgia General Assembly.
After the votes were counted, five new representatives were elected
outright, while voters from both Senate and two House districts will return
to the polls Dec. 5 for a special election runoff to decide who will
represent them when the legislative session convenes in January.
In an election that saw an 18.17 percent turnout of the more than 1.37
million registered voters in those districts, Democrats were able to gain
two seats in the House and one seat in the Senate, ending the Republican
supermajority in the Georgia General Assembly.
Senate District 6
A crowded field of three Democrats and five Republicans were on the ballot
to replace Republican Sen. Hunter Hill. Democrats Jaha Howard and Jen
Jordan will move on to the December runoff. Separated by less than 500
votes, Jordan received 24.43 percent of the 24,017 votes cast in the
November special election, while Howard came in second with 22.52 percent
of the votes. One thing already is certain, however; residents of the 6th
Senate District will be represented by a Democrat during the 2018
Senate District 39
For the first time in two decades, residents of the 39th Senate District
will be represented by a female. Five Democrats squared off in the special
election to replace longtime Democratic Sen. Vincent Fort. On Dec. 5,
voters in this district will return to the polls to choose between Linda
Pritchett and Nikema Williams. Williams was the top vote-getter in the
special election with 34.82 percent of the 26,446 votes cast, while
Pritchett received 31.52 percent of votes.
House District 4
Republican Kasey Carpenter held off two Republicans and a Democrat to
become the new Representative of the 4th House District. Carpenter, who
garnered 53.95 percent of the 3,574 votes cast, will replace Republican
Representative Bruce Broadrick.
House District 26
Republican Mark Morris was able to avoid a runoff against a Republican and
a Democratic challenger in the race to replace Republican Rep. Geoff
Duncan. Earning 59.77 percent of the 3,204 votes cast, Morris received more
than double the votes of his nearest competitor.
House District 42
As the only candidate to qualify, Democrat Teri Anulewicz was declared the
automatic winner to replace Democratic Rep. Stacey Evans.
House District 60
Seeking to replace Democratic Rep. Keisha Waites, three Democrats squared
off in November’s special election. Voters will return to the polls in
December’s runoff to choose between the top two vote-getters. Separated by
only 46 votes, Kim Schofield and De’Andre Pickett received 35.85 percent
and 34.95 percent, respectively, of the 5,170 votes cast in this race.
House District 89
Emerging from a four-Democrat slate, Bee Nguyen and Sachin Varghese will
square off in a special election runoff to replace Democratic Rep. Stacey
Abrams. Nguyen received 39.72 percent of the 10,713 votes cast, while
Varghese received 33.97 percent of the votes in November’s special
House District 117
One of three Democrats to flip a legislative seat, Deborah Gonzalez held
off Republican Houston Gaines to emerge victorious in the race for the
117th House District. Gonzalez, who received 53.15 percent of the 7,524
votes cast, will replace Republican Rep. Regina Quick when the General
Assembly reconvenes in January.
House District 119
As the lone Democrat in a race against three Republicans, Jonathan Wallace
was able to avoid a runoff to replace Republican Rep. Chuck Williams. One
of two Democrats to flip a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives,
Wallace received 56.71 percent of the 7,911 votes cast, which is nearly
three times as many votes as his nearest competitor.
City of Atlanta
In addition to the legislative special elections, voters in the state’s
capital city went to the polls in November to elect a new Mayor and 16 City
As a result of current Mayor Kasim Reed being term-limited, eleven
candidates faced off in the November general election to serve as his
successor. With voter turnout among the more than 315,000 registered voters
hovering around 30%, current City Council members, Keisha Lance Bottoms and
Mary Norwood will meet in the December 5 runoff to decide who will be the
next Mayor of Atlanta. Each candidate has collected endorsements from their
former general election adversaries and previous Atlanta mayors. One things
is already certain however, the next Mayor will be just the second female
to lead the City of Atlanta.
In addition to the mayoral runoff, Atlanta voters will return to the polls
to vote again in four City Council races, including the race for City
Council President. Six incumbents and nine new members will make up the
next Atlanta City Council, while one of the runoff races pits the incumbent
against a first-time candidate.
For additional information, please contact Ashley Groome or a member of McGuireWoods Consulting’s Georgia State Government Relations Group.
Ashley S. Groome, Senior Vice President and Director
Joshua N. Albert, Vice President
Brad L. Alexander, Senior Advisor
Robert L. Fortson, Senior Vice President
Lauren C. Greer, Assistant Vice President
Misty H. Holcomb, Senior Vice President
Eric Johnson, Senior Advisor
Zachary I. Johnson, Assistant Vice President
Danica R. Key, Assistant Vice President
Victor L. Moldovan, Senior Advisor
Russ Pennington, Vice President
Michael T. Shelnutt, Senior Vice President
William M. Talmadge, Assistant Vice President