All 236 seats in the Georgia General Assembly are up for election this year, but only 95 of them will be contested in November. The Georgia House of Representatives is pictured in this photo from Jan. 9, 2017. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com
Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

Georgia Election 2018: Most seats in Legislature already decided

Now that Georgia’s primary election is over, most of this year’s races for the state Legislature have been settled — no matter what happens in November.

There will be 95 Democrat-versus-Republican races across the state in the Nov. 6 election for the Georgia General Assembly, according to a count by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The remaining 141 legislative seats aren’t contested in the general election.

Still, there’s certain to be some election-year turnover at the Georgia Capitol, where Republicans control almost two-thirds majorities in both the state House and Senate.

Twenty districts will have new representation because incumbents didn’t seek re-election or ran for higher office. Eight incumbents lost their re-election bids during the May 22 primary election to rivals within their own political parties.

In all, 132 of the 236 seats in the Georgia General Assembly were contested before last month’s primary election. The primary determined the outcome of 37 seats where the winner doesn’t face an opponent from the opposite party in November.

Eight legislative races are heading to primary runoffs July 24. All the winners of the runoffs will have competition in the general election.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp emerged as the top finalists in Tuesday's election.

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