ATLANTA - Wednesday marks the halfway point of qualifying for Georgia’s nationally watched 2018 elections, with several major candidates having already qualified.
As of the end of Tuesday, four candidates had qualified for the governor’s race: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and former state senator Hunter Hill among the GOP, and Democrats Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans, both of whom are former state lawmakers.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp is expected to qualify for the governor’s race at 4 pm Wednesday, while state Sen. Michael Williams, another Republican gubernatorial hopeful, had not yet qualified.
Former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins, another Republican running for governor, was expected to qualify Wednesday morning.
In the crowded lieutenant governor’s race, three Republicans and two Democrats have qualified so far: Republicans David Shafer, Geoff Duncan and Rick Jeffares, and Democrats Sarah Riggs Amico and Triana Arnold James.
Cagle has been lieutenant governor for more than a decade.
Seeking to replace Kemp as secretary of state so far are former Democratic congressman John Barrow and three Republicans: Brad Raffensperger, Buzz Brockway and David Belle Isle.
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