In other races closely watched by LGBT voters today, a gay candidate fell short in the Democratic primary for State House District 80 and Sen. Vincent Fort cruised to reelection in State Senate District 39.
Two Democrats are fighting for the chance to challenge incumbent Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) for House District 80, located in the northeast Atlanta suburbs.
Jacobs was first elected in 2004 as a Democrat and then switched parties after the 2006 election. This will be the first year he has faced a Democrat since becoming a Republican.
Business owners Sandy Murray and Keith Gross, who is gay, are vying for the Democratic nomination in the July 20 primary for the DeKalb district that runs from Interstate 285 near Ashford Dunwoody Road to the intersection of Lavista and Clairmont Road.
As the noon deadline for major party candidates to qualify for this year's elections passed on Friday, Georgia's two openly gay state lawmakers remained unopposed for new terms.
Halfway through the five-day qualifying period for major party candidates for this year’s elections, the two openly gay incumbents in the Georgia House have not drawn opponents.