Runoff for Georgia elections chief follows big voting debate

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker and a former Democratic congressman face a runoff election in Georgia for secretary of state, an office at the center of a debate over access to the polls and election security.

The winner of the runoff between Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow will oversee Georgia’s elections for the next four years. The post was previously held by GOP Gov.-elect Brian Kemp, who has staunchly denied Democrats’ accusations that he suppressed voter turnout to improve his own odds of victory.

A win for Barrow would snap the Democrats’ eight-year losing streak in Georgia of being shut out of holding statewide office. The ex-congressman had the support of Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor.

President Donald Trump tweeted an endorsement for Raffensperger.

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