SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Voters decided on some major statewide races Tuesday, including the contests for governor and U.S. Senate.
WSAV, Your Local Election Headquarters, also tracked several local races and ballot questions. Keep reading to see live updates News 3 brought you all night long.
Keep in mind, some tallies are still trickling in. Visit this link for a full rundown of the latest results.
With over 85% of precincts reporting, the Democratic primary for Georgia’s District 1 congressional race is still unclear.
Joyce Marie Griggs has the lead over Wade Herring and Michelle Munroe with 48% of the vote. But she would need the required 50% plus one majority to avoid a runoff.
Whether it be tonight or in the runoff, the Democratic nominee will face incumbent Rep. Buddy Carter, who ran unopposed in the GOP primary.
The winner of tonight’s Savannah-Chatham Board of Education race will replace longtime president Joe Buck, who announced earlier this year he wouldn’t seek re-election. Roger Moss has taken the lead with 49% of the votes, followed by Tye Whitely at 27% and Todd Rhodes at 22%.
WSAV’s Brian Gallagher spoke with two of the candidates who both emphasized staffing and safety in the district.
“I want to make sure that we’re supporting our teachers and our cafeteria workers, our school bus drivers,” Whitely said. “Without staff, we can not run our school systems, so that’s priority number one.”
“We have to concentrate on safety. We have to concentrate on security,” Moss said, adding, “I know that we do better here, but we have to have extra focus on that.”
So far, 73% of precincts in Chatham County have reported their results.
It’s been a quiet night so far at the Chatham County Board of Elections’ main office. While election workers are busy counting votes, there are no poll monitors from either side as expected.
Election security has been a hot issue for many candidates and voters alike in the wake of unfounded allegations of election fraud in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election.
WSAV’s Edward Moody spoke with Colin McRae, who chairs the election board, regarding issues reported at some polling locations across Chatham County.
McRae said many voters were upset and some claimed their vote was being suppressed due to issues with voting machines. However, the chairman said everyone who was eligible to vote eventually had the chance to cast their ballot.
Technicians were on hand to fix technical issues, McRae said, though in some cases, provisional ballots were handed out.
Because of the upcoming holiday weekend, McRae said a final vote certification can be expected on Tuesday.
WSAV will bring you a live update on how the state and local races are turning out so far. Tune in at wsav.com/livestream.
Incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp has defeated challenger David Perdue, setting up another general election race against Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Several statewide races are already taking shape.
Stacey Abrams has won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s gubernatorial race and is likely to face either incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp or former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in November.
Meanwhile, incumbent U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and football star Herschel Walker have won their respective primaries for the Democratic and GOP seats in the Senate race.
Polls have closed across Georgia, where WSAV is following 80 different races.
All eyes are on several contests in the Peach State, including elections for governor, U.S. Senate and secretary of state.
Locally, voters will decide several county commission and school board races, including the next chair of the Savannah-Chatham School Board. ESPLOST or TSPLOST questions were also on the ballots in seven different counties.
Turnout in Tuesday’s primary election is up 200% compared to the last two election years in 2018 and 2020, according to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Bryan County, where an emergency voting unit was brought in following an April tornado, there has been a steady line of people waiting to cast their ballot. Local election officials said they expect about 1,500 people from Precinct 2 to utilize the mobile unit.
Out of 34,000 registered to vote in Bryan County, 11% cast their ballots early. It was a similar story in Chatham County, where polling data shows that 8% voted early.
Experts say there is typically lower turnout for a primary election versus a general election, though many voters told WSAV News 3 they felt it was important to make their voice heard today.
“It’s definitely important to be able to have your voice heard,” said Jacob Harrison, a Bryan County voter, “and to be able to have a right that is given to us as U.S. citizens and being able to voice that right, try to make a difference.”
The emergency voting unit at Hendrix Park will be open until 7 p.m.