The Senate race is no doubt the biggest story of this runoff, having come under a magnifying glass nationally thanks to the possibility that Democrats could reach 60 votes in the Senate.
In Glynn County, it’s almost guaranteed that Saxby Chambliss will win, thanks to overwhelming Republican support here. He is also leading in statewide polls by a comfortable margin.
In a state race, Jim Powell and Bubba McDonald are facing off for a seat on the Public Service Commission. McDonald, a Republican, will likely win here, but Powell garnered more votes than McDonald in the general election, and could take the seat.
The non-partisan seats are less clear.
Sara Doyle and Mike Sheffield are in the running for a seat on the Court of Appeals. Doyle is a young lawyer who has specialized in education. Sheffield has practiced criminal law for many years, and is well-known in Republican circles. Doyle got the most votes in the general election, from a field of 7 candidates, but Sheffield may have the edge this go-round because of his name recognition.
In the only local race still undecided, Maria Lugue and Ernie Gilbert are facing off for State Court Solicitor. Their runoff campaign has sounded like crickets compared to the fireworks set off in the general election. Those were mainly coming from the losing candidate, Kevin Gough. Maria won the most votes in the general election but again, Republican ties may give the edge to an opponent. It’s a non-partisan race, but Gilbert’s has made no secret of which party he’s a fan of.
Overall, it’s assumed that far more Republicans will turn out to vote than Democrats, and that will ultimately mean victory for most Republican candidates.