Two of four men vying to become the next state senator from District 30 will have about a month to convince voters that they’re the best choice for the Republican nomination.
According to unofficial results on the Secretary of State’s website, Bill Hembree and Mike Dugan will advance to a Dec. 4 runoff to determine the GOP nominee for the office. The winner of that election will move on to face James Camp, a Libertarian, in a Jan. 8 special election to ultimately determine the district’s next senator.
Hembree earned the most support in Tuesday’s special election at 27,565 votes, but the total was only good for 48.4 percent of the vote—not the half-plus-one share of the vote needed to avoid a runoff. Dugan’s vote total of 13,843 was good for 24.3 percent of the ballots cast. Also vying for the GOP nomination were Glenn Richardson and Jim Naughton.
The winning candidate in December will replace on the ballot Bill Hamrick, the Republican who represented the district and who earlier this year was tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as superior court judge.
District 30 covers a southern portion of Paulding County, most of Carroll County and a western portion of Douglas County.