ATLANTA (AP) – The Latest on elections in Georgia (all times local):
Democrat Deborah Gonzalez has won a special election to a vacant state House seat in northeast Georgia.
Gonzalez defeated Republican Houston Gaines on Tuesday in the 117th District, which includes portions of Clarke, Oconee, Barrow and Jackson counties.
The election was called to fill the remaining year in the unfinished term of GOP Rep. Regina Quick of Athens. Quick had to step down in Augusta after Gov. Nathan Deal appointed her to become a Superior Court judge.
Gonzalez will report to the state Capitol for the 2018 legislative session in January – and then hit the campaign trail again. All state House and Senate members must seek re-election next year in order to remain in office.
Democrat Jonathan Wallace has won election in northeast Georgia to an open seat in the state House.
Voters in Clarke and Oconee counties elected Wallace on Tuesday to the 119th District.
The seat was vacated by Republican Rep. Chuck Williams of Watkinsville in August after Gov. Nathen Deal appointed him to head the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Three Republicans – Lawton Lord, Marcus Wiedower and Steven Strickland – also ran for the seat.
The winner will serve the remaining year in Williams’ unfinished term, but will have to run again in 2018 to hold onto the seat. All state House and Senate members must seek re-election next year to stay in office.
Republican Marc Morris has won a special election for a Georgia House seat north of Atlanta.
Forsyth County voters elected Morris on Tuesday to take the place of Republican Rep. Geoff Duncan of Cumming. Duncan stepped down from his 26th District seat in August to focus on his 2018 campaign for lieutenant governor.
Two Republicans – Morris and Tina Trent – had entered the race along with Democrat Steve Smith.
The winner will serve the remaining year of Duncan’s term. But the seat will be back on the ballot next year, when all state House and Senate members must seek re-election in order to serve another two-year term.
Republican Kasey Carpenter has won a four-way special election for a vacant state House seat in northwest Georgia.
Whitfield County voters elected Carpenter on Tuesday to replace Republican Rep. Bruce Broadrick of Dalton. Broadrick stepped down from his 4th District seat in September, citing failing health.
Carpenter and fellow GOP candidates Beau Patton and Eddie Caldwell ran for the seat. So did one Democrat, Peter Pociask.
Carpenter will serve the remaining year of Broadrick’s unfinished term, but will need to run again next year when all state lawmakers’ seats are on the ballot.
Democrats will retain control of a metro Atlanta seat in the state House that was vacated by a lawmaker who’s running for governor.
Smyrna consultant Teri Anulewicz was the only candidate on the ballot Tuesday in the special election in Cobb County. She will succeed former Democratic Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna, who gave up her seat in September to devote more time to her 2018 campaign for governor.
Anulewicz will fill the final year of Evans’ unfinished House term. But the newcomer will have to run again next year if she wants a full two-year term. All state House and Senate incumbents seeking re-election will be on the 2018 ballot.
Polls have closed across Georgia after voters in Atlanta cast ballots for a new mayor and others decided on state leaders to fill some vacancies in the Georgia Legislature.
Many polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and polls in the city of Atlanta stayed open an extra hour until 8 p.m.
Nearly a dozen candidates were on Tuesday’s ballot in Atlanta, competing to succeed term-limited Mayor Kasim Reed.
Elsewhere in Georgia, several contenders did battle in special elections for state House and Senate seats that became open after incumbent lawmakers decided not to finish their terms.
The crowded ballots mean it’s likely that some races Tuesday won’t have an outright winner who gets more than 50 percent of the vote. Those races will go to a runoff election Dec. 5.