The Latest on primary elections Tuesday in Georgia (all times local):
Democrats Lucy McBath and Kevin Abel will face off in a July runoff election to determine which candidate gets challenge Georgia’s newest member of Congress in the fall.
McBath and Abel were the top two finishers Tuesday in a four-way Democratic primary race in metro Atlanta’s 6th Congressional District. The winner of the July 24 runoff will face Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in November.
McBath of Marietta is a gun control activist whose teenage son was fatally shot in Florida in 2012. Abel is a businessman from Sandy Springs.
Handel’s victory in a special election runoff last July ended a $50 million campaign that was the most expensive U.S. House race in history.
Democrat Jon Ossoff gave Handel a close race for the Republican-leaning seat last year. He passed on a 2018 rematch with Handel, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
___...12:13 a.m.The newest member of Georgia’s utility regulating Public Service Commission has overcome a challenge by a fellow Republican seeking her seat.Tricia Pridemore of Marietta defeated solar advocate John Hitchins III on Tuesday in the GOP primary for the PSC’s District 5 seat. Pridemore was appointed in February by Gov. Nathan Deal to fill a vacancy on the PSC.Stockbridge consultant Dawn Randolph won the Democratic primary for the PSC seat Tuesday, defeating former state lawmaker Doug Stoner of Smyrna.Pridemore and Randolph will face off in the November general election.The PSC regulates electrical and gas utilities in Georgia as well as other service providers. Though its commissioners run for assigned districts, they are elected by voters statewide. District 5 covers portions of western Georgia.___12:07 a.m.Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico will face the winner of a Republican runoff in the fall election for Georgia lieutenant governor.Republicans David Shafer of Duluth and Geoff Duncan of Cumming will meet in a July 24 runoff after neither candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote in a three-way GOP primary Tuesday. Shafer is a former Republican leader of the state Senate while Duncan has served in the state House.Former state Sen. Rick Jeffares (JEF-rees) of Locust Grove finished third in the GOP contest.Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle gave up the seat to run for governor. The lieutenant governor’s primary job is to preside over the state Senate.___12:05 a.m.A Democratic congressman from Georgia has defeated a primary challenger from his own party.U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson overcame political newcomer Juan Parks on Tuesday in the Democratic primary election for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District.Johnson of Lithonia has served in Congress since 2007. Parks is a Marine Corps veteran from Lithonia who works as a JROTC high school instructor.The 4th District covers portions of DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties in metro Atlanta.Johnson will face Republican businessman and former Atlanta Falcons running