Bailey finished far behind Hall in the May 24 primary, pulling in about 18% of the nearly 691,000 ballots cast in the nine-way Democratic primary. Hall led the pack in May, receiving about 30% of the votes. State law requires a runoff election when no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.
Shortly after the primary, Democratic nominee for governor Stacey Abrams endorsed Bailey in the runoff, adding her name to a list of endorsements from some of the party’s political elites. In addition to Abrams, Bailey had the backing of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, former Gov. Roy Barnes and Mark Taylor, the last Democrat to serve as lieutenant governor.