State Rep. Bee Nguyen chosen as Democratic nominee for Georgia secretary of state

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats chose State Rep. Bee Nguyen as their candidate for secretary of state on Tuesday in the primary election, voting for a position that took on new prominence after the former president Donald Trump cast doubt on Georgia’s 2020 election results by making false claims of widespread voter fraud.

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Nguyen defeated former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler in the primary and is expected to face incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Libertarian Ted Metz in the general election.

Trump targeted Raffensperger for failing to undo his narrow loss in the state. Raffensperger — who won praise from some Democrats for refusing to bow to pressure from the former president — issued a challenge from a Trump-endorsed lead challenger without being forced into a runoff.

Nguyen has served in the State House since winning a special election in 2017 to succeed Stacey Abrams in a district that includes parts of DeKalb County just east of the Fulton county line and parts of the city of Atlanta. Nguyen is also the vice chairman of the state Democratic Party. Abrams, who backed Nguyen in the runoff, is seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination after narrowly losing the election to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in 2018.

As former President Donald Trump and his allies push false allegations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia, Nguyen highlighted his work in debunking false narratives. She also criticized Raffensperger for backing a sweeping electoral overhaul passed last year by Republican state lawmakers.

There were three other statewide runoffs — lieutenant governor, commissioner of labor and commissioner of insurance — where Democrats were nominating candidates. Republicans were voting in three congressional races, while Democrats have two congressional ballots.

In Atlanta’s 10th congressional district east of Atlanta, trucking company owner Mike Collins defeated former Democrat Vernon Jones in a runoff to become the Republican nominee.

Collins, the son of former congressman Mac Collins, was the narrow frontrunner in May’s eight-candidate primary, while an endorsement from former President Donald Trump helped propel Jones into second place.

Democrats in the 10th District, which stretches from suburban Atlanta across 18 counties, had their own runoff Tuesday. Collins will face either Tabitha Johnson-Green or Jessica Fore. The district is drawn by lot to elect a Republican.

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In Atlanta’s northern suburbs 6th Ward, ER doctor Rich McCormick tries to hold off on Trump-backed attorney Jake Evans. This race has revolved around each candidate’s accusations that the other is not conservative enough.

Republicans have high hopes of knocking down Sanford Bishop, an incumbent Democrat of 30 years, in Southwest Georgia’s 2nd District. The GOP is choosing between former Army officer Jeremy Hunt and real estate developer Chris West in this race.

Democrats are settling runoff in two districts. In the 1st Coastal District, Wade Herring tries to stop Joyce Marie Griggs from being the party’s nominee again against incumbent Republican Buddy Carter. In the 10th District, Jessica Fore is running against Tabitha Johnson-Green, who was the Democratic nominee in the district’s previous setup in 2018 and 2020.

Tuesday’s races could be won or lost by small margins as turnout is expected to be very low. Unlike the May 24 primary, which saw a record number of early votes, fewer than 165,000 people had voted early in person or by mail Monday. That includes about 100,000 Democrats and 60,000 Republicans.

Candidates facing off in the other statewide Democratic races are Charlie Bailey and Kwanza Hall for Lt. Governor, William Boddie and Nicole Horn for Labor Commissioner, and Janice Laws Robinson and Raphael Baker for the insurance commissioner.

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