ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler is joining state Rep. Bee Nguyen in a runoff in the Democratic primary for Georgia secretary of state.
Nguyen won about 44% of the primary vote, short of the majority she needed to win outright. Dawkins-Haigler won nearly 19%, enough to advance to the June 21 runoff. The winner will face Republican incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and libertarian Ted Metz in the November general election.
Nguyen's campaign on Thursday announced that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams had endorsed her. Nguyen occupies the state House seat previously held by Abrams.
All five Democratic candidates championed voting rights and criticized a sweeping election law passed by Republicans in the General Assembly in 2021. The secretary of state’s office grabbed the national spotlight in 2020, when former President Donald Trump turned his wrath on incumbent Raffensperger for refusing to try to overturn Trump’s narrow loss to Democratic President Joe Biden in Georgia.
The other three Democratic candidates were: Floyd Griffin, former mayor of Milledgeville and state senator; John Eaves, former Fulton County Commission chairman; and Michael Owens, former Cobb County Democratic Party chairman.