State House special election headed to runoff in East Cobb

The Georgia State Capitol as viewed from the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building. Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

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The Georgia State Capitol as viewed from the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building. Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

The special election in East Cobb to replace state Rep. Matt Dollar will head to a runoff May 3 between Republican Mitchell Kaye and Democrat James Dustin McCormick, after neither candidate received a true majority Tuesday night.

The stakes are unusually low. The winner will take over the lame duck term of Dollar, who resigned his House District 45 seat during the legislative session to take a job as deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia.

The special election began hours after the 2022 legislative session ended. And the winner won’t even be guaranteed a spot on the ballot in November, when the seat — under new lines redrawn by the state Legislature through redistricting — is up for re-election for the term that begins in 2023.

The May 24 primary election determines the two major party candidates for races up and down the ballot, including District 45.

Turnout was low for the largely inconsequential contest, with fewer than 13% of the district’s 37,000 registered voters casting a ballot, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Kaye won 41.7% of the vote, while McCormick, the lone Democrat on the 4-person slate, received 40.5%.

Election results

These results are unofficial and incomplete until certified. Results will be updated until the vote tally is complete. A runoff is scheduled for May 3.

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