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As some area races move to runoffs, Lieutenant Governor's primary teeters on runoff brink

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State Senator and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones speaks at an event in Coweta County on May 14.

One of Tuesday’s primary election races remains too close to call.

As of early Thursday morning, State Senator Burt Jones held a razor thin .06 percent margin over the 50 percent runoff threshold in the Republican race for Lieutenant Governor. Less than one percent of precincts remain uncounted.

Jones has claimed victory but his leading opponent, State Senator Butch Miller is not conceding. Miller has about 31 percent of the vote. The runoffs will be held June 21.

On the Democratic side of the Lieutenant Governor's race, a runoff is certain between Kwanzaa Hall and Charlie Bailey. Democrats will also have a chance to choose between Bee Nguyen and Dee Dawkins-Haigler for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State. The Democratic races for Agriculture Commissioner and Labor Commissioner will also head to a runoff.

Other runoffs coming up include the Athens-Clarke County Commission District 5 seat where Dexter Fisher and Matt Pulver will compete. In Oconee County, Julie Mauck and Ryan Hammock are vying for the Oconee County Board of Education Post 3 seat. In the 10th congressional district, Mike Collins and Vernon Jones will face off in a Republican runoff, while Democrats Tabitha Johnson-Green and Jessica Fore also head to a runoff.

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