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LIVE BLOG: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger declares victory

There are a number of races in the Georgia primary election.
There are a number of races in the Georgia primary election.(Source: WALB)
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 10:49 AM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2022 at 8:43 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Georgia’s primary election has begun as the votes trickle in to determine who will appear on this November’s general election ballot.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. this morning, with Georgians making their way to local polling places. Following the 2020 Presidential election, Georgia has emerged as an important swing state.

CBS46 will be with you throughout the day with the latest updates on the primary election.

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11:45 P.M. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has declared victory. He has not been officially declared the winner by the Associated Press but he has 535,931 votes and Jody Hice has 352,598 votes.

10:50 P.M. Congresswoman Lucy McBath takes the stage for victory speech.

10:21 P.M. Many of the candidates are making statements tonight about the shooting at a Texas elementary school that left multiple children dead.

10:05 P.M. Lucy McBath has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. At this time, she has 16,841 votes. Carolyn Boudeaux has 8,235.

9:40 P.M. Incumbent Chris Carr has won the GOP attorney primary, according to the latest results.

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9:45 P.M. Gov. Kemp is giving a victory speech. Thanked David Perdue for his call to congratulate Kemp and says that Perdue said he would help Kemp prevent Democratic Stacey Abrams from becoming governor.

9:30 P.M. Lucy McBath’s campaign manager says they are feeling confident. The current poll results shows McBath with 16,063 votes compared to Carolyn Bourdeaux’s 7,829 votes.

9:15 P.M. Former President Donald Trump called Herschel Walker to congratulate him during his campaign watch party after Walker’s win was announced.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has defeated 5 Republican challengers. She will face the winner of a three-way Democratic primary in the 14th District in November.

RELATED: Marjorie Taylor Greene claims victory in 14th district GOP primary

8:40 P.M. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger arrives at a private election party. Right now, he is ahead of Jody Hice.

8:30 P.M. Gov. Brian Kemp has won the Georgia GOP governor’s primary. He beat the Donald Trump-backed challenger David Perdue after a push by the former president to punish Kemp for not overturning the 2020 election results. Kemp will now face Democrat Stacey Abrams in November.

RELATED: Kemp wins Georgia GOP governor’s primary, will face Abrams again in November

7:44 P.M. U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock has won Georgia’s Democratic primary, according to the Associated Press. Warnock defeated beauty industry professional Tamara Johnson-Shealey.

RELATED: Warnock wins Georgia Senate

Herschel Walker has been declared the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Georgia primary election.

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7:15 P.M. Stacey Abrams has been officially declared the Democrat gubernatorial nominee for the state of Georgia.

Abrams will face either Kemp of former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in November. Abrams wants to expand Medicaid to all adults. She also supports abortion rights and opposes state laws abolishing the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public.

6 P.M. There’s been some confusion in Fulton County’s Sandy Springs.

There are four polling locations within about a few miles of each other. Two of those polls are located at the United Methodist Church. One location is at the activity center and the other is in the actual church.

Poll location confusion in Fulton County

David Perdue was optimist early in the day, hoping to upset Gov. Brian Kemp.

Another battle in the state of Georgia is for a senate seat. Current Sen. Raphael Warnock is defending his seat against UGA football legend Herschel Walker.

4:30 P.M. CBS46 crews are getting into place to provide coverage throughout the night on the Primary Election.

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4:30 P.M. Cobb County Superiour Court Judge Gregory Poole has signed an order to keep two precincts open past 7 p.m. Poll workers experienced a delay in getting the precincts open promptly at 7 a.m.

Marietta 5A (Zion Baptist Church) will be open until 7:10 p.m.

Marietta 5B (Turner Chapel AME) will be open till 7:13 p.m.

3:32 P.M. You have until 7 p.m. to vote. Make your voice heard!

10:30 A.M. Stacey Abrams holds a news conference during Georgia’s Primary Election.

10 A.M. The Fulton County Interim Director of Registration & Elections Nadine Williams and Board of Registration & Elections Chair Cathy Woolard held a news conference to discuss the primary election day process.

RELATED: What you need to know before primary election voting

6:53 A.M. A line of voters starting to form at the Buckhead Library. Polls are set to open in just minutes.

Buckhead Library
Buckhead Library(CBS46)

5:04 A.M. Poll workers arrived at Buckhead Library ahead of Election Day. Some counties in metro Atlanta are still looking for volunteers to work the polls.

Buckhead Library
Buckhead Library(CBS46)