Democrats will take a Republican Senate seat in a runoff

[private]Democrats are assured of winning a previously Republican-held state Senate seat in a Dec. 5 runoff election.

Attorney Jen Jordan, with 24.4 percent of the vote, and pediatric dentist Jaha Howard, with 22.5 percent of the vote, made it into this most unlikely of runoffs because of Georgia’s “jungle primary” law.

That state law requires all special election candidates to run on the same ballot regardless of party designation.

There were five Republican candidates in the election, but they split up the vote enough to keep any of them from making it into the runoff. That was why Leah Aldridge, Charlie Fiveash, Matt Bentley, Kathy Eichenblatt, and Leo Smith found themselves on the outside looking in.

There was only one other Democrat in the race, Taos Wynn, who received only 560 votes.

This had been one of the most closely watched races on Tuesday because of the potential for a party change in a very competitive district that extends from Smyrna on the west to Buckhead in the east.

With Jordan and Howard in the runoff, Democrats are assured of a pickup of three legislative seats total in the special elections. Democrats Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace won Athens-area House seats in massive upsets.

That means Republicans will no longer have super-majorities of two-thirds of the seats in either the Senate of House.

The winner of the Jordan-Howard runoff will replace Hunter Hill, who resigned in the middle of his third term to run fulltime for governor.

© 2017 by The Georgia Report

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