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Raffensperger on verge of avoiding runoff
Olivia Morgan
Elections & Registration Director Olivia Morgan chats with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday morning at the Effingham County Elections & Registration Office in Springfield. Raffensperger is visiting election officials throughout the state to discuss election security. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

With 86 percent of the statewide vote in,  Brad Raffensperger was hovering above 50 percent in the Republican Secretary of State primary.

Raffensperger, the incumbent, had 527,408 votes, Jody Hice had 347,255, far outpacing T.J. Hudson and David Belle Isle.

Gaining 50 percent plus one vote would prevent Raffensperger from having to face Hice in a runoff.

In Effingham County, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the count was Raffensperger (4,816), Hice (2,952), Belle Isle (788) and Hudson (660).

In the Democrat race, Bee Nguyen had nearly 43 percent of the statewide vote. Dee Dawkins-Haigler was second with 19 percent.

Nguyen collected 499 votes in Effingham County, barely edging Floyd Griffin's 492. Dawkins-Haigler finished third with 422.