Election 2022: Complete guide to Georgia’s secretary of state race

Republican candidates running for Georgia secretary of state participated Monday in the Atlanta Press Club debate at Georgia Public Broadcasting. From left: David Belle Isle, Jody Hice, T.J. Hudson and Brad Raffensperger.

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Republican candidates running for Georgia secretary of state participated Monday in the Atlanta Press Club debate at Georgia Public Broadcasting. From left: David Belle Isle, Jody Hice, T.J. Hudson and Brad Raffensperger.

With authority over elections in Georgia, the secretary of state’s job is one of the most important on the ballot.

Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen won a runoff and will face Republican incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who won a majority in the May 24 primary.

The role has gained national prominence since the 2020 presidential election, when Raffensperger refused to give into then-President Donald Trump’s demands to “find” more votes.

Raffensperger avoided a runoff by defeating three candidates including U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, who was endorsed by Trump.

Nguyen received the most votes in the Democratic primary but fell short of a majority and will face Dawkins-Haigler, who finished in second place.

The winner of the Democratic runoff will advance to the November general election against Raffensperger.

The secretary of state has oversight over elections, corporations, charities and professional licensing

Learn more about the candidates:

DEMOCRAT

Bee Nguyen

REPUBLICAN

Brad Raffensperger

Election 2022: Georgia election guides

Learn about who’s running in major Georgia elections and get the latest news about those races.

Statewide

Georgia Governor

U.S. Senate

Secretary of State

Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General

U.S. Congress

2nd District

6th District

7th District

10th District

13th District

14th District

Debate coverage

These candidates, divided by party, participated in the Atlanta Press Club’s debates on May 2. Read our stories about the Democratic and Republican debates or watch them on the APC’s Youtube channel: Democrats and Republicans.

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