Live Updates: Election Day July 24, 2018

Jul 24, 2018

UPDATE: Secretary of State Brian Kemp beat out Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle early in the evening to become the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in the November election.

Unofficial results show Geoff Duncan with 50.16 percent of the Republican vote for lieutenant governor and Brad Raffensberger with 61.75 percent of the Republican vote for secretary of state.

The biggest race of the July 24 election is the runoff race for the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Voters are deciding which Republican candidate for governor will run in November against Democrat Stacey Abrams.  The matchup between Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle positions the White House, which backs Kemp, against outgoing Republican Governor Nathan Deal, who backs Cagle.

Additional races to watch include the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor and secretary of state, as well as congressional and statehouse seats.

Stay with GPB News as we bring live updates from the Kemp and Cagle watch parties.

10:04 p.m.:  The Republican race for lieutenant governor is coming down to the wire.  With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Geoff Duncan holds a 3800 hundred vote lead over David Shafer, 50.38 percent to 49.62 percent.

9:43 p.m.: With 50 percent of precincts reporting, it is neck-and-neck in the Democratic race for U.S. House District 6.  David Kim has 4,706 votes to Carolyn Bourdeaux's 4,662.

9:30 p.m.: Raffensperger leads with more than 60 percent in the race for Republican secretary of state candidate.

A screenshot taken at 9:30 p.m. from the Georgia Secretary of State website.

9:20 p.m.: With 77 percent of precincts reporting, Otha Thornton is leading Sid Chapman in the Democratic State School Superintendent race, 55,682 (59.67 percent) to 37,646 (40.33 percent).

9:16 p.m.: Kemp recognizes Cagle's work. "To my friend Casey Cagle, thank you for your service to our great state," he said. Kemp asks Cagle's supporters "to join us in this fight." 

9:13 p.m.: Kemp addresses his supporters:

"Stacey Abrams wants to grow state government.  I want to grow your paycheck."

8:54 p.m.: The race of the night, so far, appears to be for the GOP spot for lieutenant governor.  With 62 percent of precincts reporting, Geoff Duncan has pulled ahead of David Shafer, 50.08 percent to 49.92 percent, a difference of just over 600 votes.

A screenshot taken at 9:03 p.m. from the Georgia Secretary of State website.

8:45 p.m.: Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter says, "Kemp’s refusal to support commonsense, Georgia-first solutions such as expanding Medicaid for our rural communities, investing in our public schools, and protecting women’s access to health care, proves to Georgians that Brian Kemp is more interested in putting his personal politics ahead of the well-being of Georgia families and businesses."

See results live at the Secretary of State website.

8:40 p.m.: Cagle speaks to reporters after conceding the race.

"There’s no question. This victory was undeniably a Trump victory. And we saw it. We obviously charted a course, and we thought we could overcome, but this is the most powerful man in the world."

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle concedes the runoff race for Republican governor candidate in the November election.
Credit Stephen Fowler / GPB News

8:33 p.m.: Cagle concedes the race.

8:23 p.m.: With 24 percent of precincts reporting, Brian Kemp continues to  hold a strong lead over Casey Cagle in the GOP race for governor, leading with 135,786 votes (66.93 percent) to Cagle's 67,094 votes (33.07 percent).

A screenshot taken at 8:25 p.m. from the Georgia Secretary of State website.

8:17 p.m.: Brad Raffensperger leads David Belle Isle in the GOP race for secretary of state.

A screenshot taken at 8:17 p.m. from the Georgia Secretary of State website.

8:06 p.m.: With 10 percent of precincts reporting, it's a tight race for GOP lieutenant governor.  David Shafer leads Geoff Duncan 56,222 (51.99 percent) to 51,918 (48.01 percent).

8:05 p.m.: It's still early, but with 9 percent of statewide precincts reporting, Kemp leads Casey Cagle in the GOP race for governor 65,957 (62.97 percent) to 38,780 (37.03 percent).

Jessica Perdue voted earlier in Bonaire. She said she likes the candidates, but not the campaigns.

7:43 p.m.: With just two counties completely reported, Kemp shows a strong lead over Cagle.

Screenshot taken at 7:43 p.m. from Georgia Secretary of State website.

7 p.m.: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, with Gov. Nathan Deal's endorsement, and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, with President Donald Trump's endorsement, await the tally now that the polls have closed around the state.

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Here's a map from The New York Times showing counties won in the May 22 primary. With a crowded pool of candidates, Cagle was not able to win outright with more than 50 percent of the vote.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: May 22 Primary Election

Pay attention to how much farther Kemp's yellow may creep, and margins in middle and southwest Georgia.

Savannah Voters Choosing New School Board President

Chatham County voters are choosing a new School Board president today.  Joe Buck is seeking a third term, against Betty Morgan, a military vet and veteran teacher. Both tell The Savannah Morning News they support pay increases for teachers and can solve the Board's divisive personality issues. They differ over some specifics, including the millage increase the Board recently approved. Buck says he would have voted for it, but would prefer a smaller increase. Morgan says she would have voted against the increase, and instead sought donations from the business community. Leigh Gardener is a retired teacher.  She says experience played a role in her vote today.