2022 Georgia state elections

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2022 Georgia elections

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Several elections are planned to take place in the U.S. state of Georgia in 2022. The general election will be held on November 8, 2022, with runoffs to be held at a later date for those races which are not yet decided by majority vote. All of Georgia's executive officers and legislative seats, as well as one seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission, will be up for election as well as one of Georgia's seats in the United States Senate and all of Georgia's seats in the United States House of Representatives.

This will be the first election following the 2020 United States redistricting cycle.

Federal offices[edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Following the 2020 election, Democrats held their largest share of Georgia congressional seats since 2008 (and largest in the post-2010 redistricting cycle), with the gain of the 7th district by Carolyn Bourdeaux. In addition, the number of women representing Georgia grew from 1 to 4 with the re-election of Democrat Lucy McBath and the elections of Democrats Bordeaux, Nikema Williams and Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, resulting in the first Georgia delegation with more than one woman in membership.

United States Senate[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock won the 2020–2021 special election against incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler to fill the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson's term. (Isakson had resigned at the end of 2019, and Loeffler was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp following Isakson's resignation.) No candidate in the open election on November 3 received the 50% required by Georgia law to avoid a runoff, a type of election colloquially known as a "jungle primary"[1]—Warnock received just 32.9% of the vote—and so a runoff election between Warnock and Loeffler was held on January 5, 2021, which Warnock won with 51% of the vote.

Former Republican senator David Perdue, who lost his race to Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff in 2021, filed paperwork to run for this seat.[2] A week after filing the paperwork, however, Perdue announced that he would not pursue another race for the Senate.[3] Loeffler is considering running again, while former U.S. Representative Doug Collins declined to run after heavy speculation that he would enter the race.[4][5] Herschel Walker, a professional football player, announced in August 2021 that he would join the Republican primary.[6]

Governor[edit]

Governor Brian Kemp was elected in 2018 with 50.2% of the vote. He is running for re-election,[7] facing primary challenges from former U.S. Senator David Perdue[8] and several other candidates.

Stacey Abrams, former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, is running for the Democratic nomination.[9]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is running for re-election,[10] facing primary challenges from Republican Congressman Jody Hice[11] and former Alpharetta mayor David Belle Isle.[12]

State Representative Bee Nguyen,[13] former Cobb County Democratic Party Chairman, Dr. Michael Owens,[14] former Darton State College professor Manswell Peterson (withdrawn),[15] and former Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves, [16] and former Georgia State Senator and Mayor of Milledgeville Floyd L. Griffin Jr.[17] and have declared their candidacies for the Democratic nomination.

Attorney General[edit]

Republican incumbent Attorney General Chris Carr is running for re-election.[18]

State Senator Jen Jordan is running for the Democratic nomination.[19] Charlie Bailey, former Fulton County Senior Assistant District Attorney and 2018 Democratic nominee for Attorney General, withdrew as a candidate in this race to run for Lieutenant Governor.[20][21]

Labor Commissioner[edit]

2022 Georgia Labor Commissioner election

← 2018 November 8, 2022 2026 →
 
Nominee Bruce Thompson William Boddie
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Commissioner

Mark Butler
Republican



Incumbent Republican Mark Butler is eligible to seek a fourth term in office, but chose to retire.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

  • Kartik Bhatt, consumer-member of the Georgia Board of Examiners for the Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts[24]
  • Mike Coan, former state representative[25]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Kartik
Bhatt
Mike
Coan
Bruce
Thompson
Undecided
Landmark Communications (R) May 22, 2022 500 (LV) ± 4.4% 4% 18% 38% 41%
ARW Strategies (R) April 30 – May 1, 2022 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 4% 6% 11% 79%
Landmark Communications (R) April 9–10, 2022 660 (LV) ± 3.8% 4% 6% 13% 77%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Eliminated in runoff[edit]

Eliminated in initial primary[edit]

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

State Superintendent of Schools[edit]

2022 Georgia State Superintendent of Schools election

← 2018 November 8, 2022 2026 →
  Richard Woods at Cobb County GOP Breakfast (cropped).jpg 3x4.svg
Nominee Richard Woods Alisha Thomas Searcy
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Superintendent

Richard Woods
Republican



Incumbent Republican superintendent Richard Woods is seeking a third term in office.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]
Eliminated in primary[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
John
Barge
Richard
Woods
Undecided
Landmark Communications (R) April 9–10, 2022 660 (LV) ± 3.8% 17% 30% 53%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]
Eliminated in primary[edit]
Withdrew[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Everton Blair (withdrawn)
Federal politicians
State legislators

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Did not file[edit]

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner[edit]

2022 Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner election

← 2018 November 8, 2022 2026 →
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Nominee John King Janice Laws Robinson
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Commissioner

John King
Republican



Incumbent Republican commissioner John King, who was appointed to the position in 2019 after the resignation of Jim Beck, is running for a full term.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Patrick Witt
Executive branch officials

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Ben
Cowart
John
King
Patrick
Witt
Undecided
Landmark Communications (R) April 9–10, 2022 660 (LV) ± 3.8% 5% 25% 6% 64%
University of Georgia March 20 – April 8, 2022 ~329 (LV) ± 5.4% 10% 11% 8% 71%
Clout Research (R)[A] March 5–7, 2022 599 (LV) ± 4.0% 31% 5% 64%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

  • Janice Laws Robinson, insurance broker[40]

Eliminated in runoff[edit]

  • Raphael Baker, insurance broker[40]

Eliminated in initial primary[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Matthew Wilson
State officials
  • Roy Barnes, former Governor of Georgia[43]
  • Sherry Boston, DeKalb County District Attorney[43]
State legislators

Agriculture Commissioner[edit]

2022 Georgia Agriculture Commissioner election

← 2018 November 8, 2022 2026 →
 
Nominee Tyler Harper Nakita Hemingway
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Commissioner

Gary Black
Republican



Incumbent Republican commissioner Gary Black is eligible to seek a fourth term in office, but is instead running for U.S. Senate.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]
Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Tyler Harper
State legislators

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]
Eliminated in primary[edit]
Did not file[edit]
  • Deborah Jackson, attorney, former mayor of Lithonia, and candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020[50]

Endorsements[edit]

Winfred Dukes
Statewide politicians
Nakita Hemingway
State legislators
Political parties
Organizations

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Independent[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
  • Mollie Beavers, farmer[31]

Public Service Commission[edit]

On August 19, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling by Judge Steven D. Grimberg in the case Rose v. Raffensperger postponing both Georgia Public Service Commission elections which were due to be held on November 8, 2022.[51] As a result, the following nominees for Districts 2 and 3 have been removed from the general election ballot.[52][53]

District 2[edit]

2022 Georgia Public Service Commission District 2 election

← 2016 November 8, 2022 2028 →
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Nominee Tim Echols Patty Durand
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Commissioner

Tim Echols
Republican



Incumbent Republican Commissioner Tim Echols is running for re-election.[54]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]
  • Patty Durand, former president of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative[55]
Withdrew[edit]

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]
  • Colin McKinney, physician[55]

District 3 (Special)[edit]

2022 Georgia Public Service Commission District 3 election

← 2018 November 8, 2022 2024 →
 
Nominee Fitz Johnson Sheila Edwards
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Commissioner

Fitz Johnson
Republican



On July 21, 2021, Republican Fitz Johnson was appointed by Governor Kemp to fill the vacancy created when incumbent commissioner Chuck Eaton resigned after being appointed to the Fulton County Superior Court. Johnson will run in the special election to serve the remainder of Eaton's term.[57]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]
  • Sheila Edwards, public relations professional and community activist[55]
Eliminated in primary[edit]
  • Chandra Farley, energy consultant and chair of the Georgia NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Committee[55]
  • Missy Moore, commercial insurance agency owner[55]

General Assembly[edit]

All 56 State Senate and 180 State House seats are up for election.

District Attorneys[edit]

9 out of 49 judicial circuits will hold elections for district attorney.

Judicial elections[edit]

Three seats on the Supreme Court of Georgia will be up for nonpartisan statewide election to succeed justices David Nahmias, Carla W. McMillian and Shawn Ellen LaGrua.

Local elections[edit]

During the regular primary, most counties and several consolidated city-county governments will hold nonpartisan elections for mayor, select city council or county commission seats, and select board of education seats, including Columbus, Athens, and Augusta.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
Partisan clients
  1. ^ Poll conducted for King's campaign

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