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Clerk race too close to call
Hickman appears bound for Georgia Senate
election qualifying

SPRINGFIELD -- The lengthy race to determine Effingham County's next clerk of Superior Court still isn't over.

When runoff ballot counting ended Tuesday night, Jason Bragg owned a 2,277-2,249 lead over Walt Lawson. Provisional ballots, which will be counted Wednesday, and military ballots are outstanding.

On June 9, Bragg and Lawson, who have been running since early spring, emerged from a five-candidate field to qualify for the Republican runoff. There is no Democratic challenger.

With 83 percent of the votes counted, Billy Hickman leads Dr. Scott Bohlke in the State Senate Distict 4 race 8,583-5,841. In addition, Hickman led Bohlke 9,354-7404 in the special election to serve the remainder of former Sen. Jack Hill's term. Hill died in April.

 Hickman won Effingham County handily in both races. 

With 83 percent of the votes counted in the First Congressional District seat,  Joyce Marie Griggs led Lisa Ring 15,868-12,544 in the battle for the Democratic nomination. The winner will take on incumbent Rep. Buddy Carter.