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Miller concedes to Jones in GOP lieutenant governor’s primary

Democratic primary headed to a runoff between Hall, Bailey
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 10:41 AM EDT|Updated: May. 31, 2022 at 1:58 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - State Sen. Butch Miller conceded this week’s GOP lieutenant gubernatorial primary to fellow state Sen. Burt Jones on Friday.

Miller also congratulated Jones and pledged to help him win in November.

On Thursday, Jones declared himself the winner of the Republican primary.

Jones, who has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, posted on Twitter, “We’re advancing to the General Election without a runoff — having won 153 of 159 counties with 210,00 + votes over our nearest competitor.”

With 100% of precincts reporting, Jones, who was elected to the state Senate in 2013, had earned 50.07% of Tuesday’s vote, while Miller trailed in second place with 31.12%.

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Jones was endorsed early in the race by Trump, and led consistently in polls throughout the spring.

“Obviously, I hoped for a different outcome in the election but the people have spoken, and the votes have now been counted,” Miller said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting Burt in the upcoming general election and I am fully committed to his success, the success of the Republican Party, and the success of the state of Georgia.”

On the Democratic side, former U.S. congressman and Atlanta city council member Kwanza Hall and Charlie Bailey, who’s endorsed by former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, appeared headed for a June 21 runoff. Hall led the crowded Democratic field with 30.16%, which was trailed by Bailey’s 17.61%.