No time to nurse a runoff hangover: Local parties start meetings tonight, Saturday; contest races make for a busy ballot Nov. 6.

No time to nurse a runoff hangover: Local parties start meetings tonight, Saturday; contest races make for a busy ballot Nov. 6.

There’s no down time this election cycle. Just ask the candidates — even the ones running for sheriff in 2020.

One example is Geoff Duncan, who won a bruising Republican primary runoff over David Shafer. A recount is expected but it is assumed Duncan will get the win.

No matter, he was busy early Wednesday morning, meeting with campaign staffers and others preparing for the Nov. 6 general election and Democratic opponent Sarah Riggs Amico.

Duncan took a break from that meeting to join us one Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM Wednesday morning to talk about what’s next. He and his family had stopped at a Steak ‘n Shake late Tuesday to salute the likely win with milk shakes, and he was back up early to get one of his children off to camp — and back to the campaign.

Locally, Floyd Republicans meet at 6 this evening at Moe’s Original Barbecue to continue planning the annual GOP rally at the Tillman Hangar at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Towers Field. The rally,  from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., is free but barbecue plates are $10 each or $20 max per family, according to the party Facebook page.  And while Floyd voters overwhelmingly supported Brian Kemp in Tuesday’s runoff, there still has to be some shock among the faithful that Casey Cagle’s “public life is over.”

Floyd County Democrats are opening their campaign headquarters at 510 Avenue A NE this Saturday. The date is a key one as “Saturday marks 100 days before the General Election,” according to the party’s Facebook page. Look for a reception from 9:30 until 10 a.m. following by campaigning (door-to-door, phone banking).

And you can bet a lot of local phone calls and emails and texts are continuing today in the wake of the Kemp victory over Cagle. The Deal-Cagle template — extending into the senior offices of the General Assembly — will shift under new leadership, whether Abrams or Kemp.

For now, all eyes are on the weeks leading to the Nov. 6 general election. Four local races and two congressional seats are up for grabs (depending where you live).

The assumption is Democrats will be long shots, especially in a region dominated by the Trump campaign in 2016. But the assumption also was Casey Cagle would be Georgia’s governor come January.

What’s on the ballot:



Post One: Rhonda Wallace, incumbent, Republican.  Stephanie Wright, Democrat.


District 13: Katie Dempsey, incumbent, Republican, vs. John Burnette II, Democrat.


District 52: Chuck Hufstetler, incumbent, Republican. Evan Ross, Democrat.

District 14: Bruce Thompson, incumbent, Republican. Rachel Kinsey, Democrat.

STATEWIDE (We will add independent candidates once qualified by the secretary of state’s office).

Governor: Democrat Stacey Abrams vs. Republican Brian Kemp

Lieutenant governor: Republican Geoff Duncan vs. Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico (Duncan could face a recount with primary runoff opponent David Shafer).

Secretary of state: Democrat John Barrow vs. Republican Brad Raffensperger.

School superintendent: Democrat Otha Thornton

Attorney general: Democrat Charlie Bailey vs.  Republican incumbent Chris Carr

Agriculture Commissioner: Republican incumbent Gary Black vs. Democrat Fred Swann.

Insurance commissioner: Republican Jim Beck vs. Democrat Janice Laws.

Labor commissioner: Republican incumbent Mark Butler vs. Democrat Richard Keatley.


House District 11: Barry Loudermilk, incumbent, Republican, and Democrat Flynn Broady Jr. of Marietta.

House District 14: Tom Graves, incumbent, Republican. Stephen Lamar Foster, a Democrat from Dalton.

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