Raffensperger wins GOP secretary of state runoff

Published 9:50 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Associated Press

Brad Raffensperger has won a Republican runoff in the race to replace Georgia’s top elections official.

Raffensperger of Johns Creek defeated former Alpharetta mayor David Belle Isle on Tuesday to become the GOP nominee for secretary of state. The office is currently held by Republican Brian Kemp, who passed on seeking re-election to run for governor.

Raffensperger is a lawmaker in the state House and a businessman. He will face Democrat John Barrow of Athens in the fall campaign. The secretary of state oversees elections as well as corporate filings and professional licensing. Raffensperger won Troup County with 58 percent of the vote. He received 2,138 votes compared to David Belle Isle’s 1,537 votes.