Voters elected Republican James Burchett to fill the South Georgia state House seat previously held by Jason Shaw.
Burchett, an attorney from the Waycross area, won a runoff election Tuesday against Republican Franklin Patten, chairman of the Lanier County Board of Education, to represent House District 176.
When Burchett takes office, nearly all 180 state House seats will finally be filled.
One special election for state House is still to come April 9. Former state Rep. Dan Gasaway will face Chris Erwin, a former Banks County school superintendent, in a second redo election after a judge found that ineligible voters had cast ballots. Erwin had appeared to win by two votes.
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