2022 Georgia Secretary of State election

The 2022 Georgia Secretary of State election was held on November 8, 2022, to elect the Secretary of State of Georgia. Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won re-election to a second term. Raffensperger emerged as a major national figure in early January, 2021 when he faced significant pressure from then-President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. The party primary elections took place on May 24, with runoffs scheduled for June 21. Trump had been taped in a phone call asking Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes," the exact number needed for Trump to carry the state.[1]

2022 Georgia Secretary of State election

← 2018 November 8, 2022 2026 →
Turnout57.02% Increase
 
Nominee Brad Raffensperger Bee Nguyen
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,081,421 1,719,922
Percentage 53.23% 43.99%

Raffensperger:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Nguyen:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%

Secretary of State before election

Brad Raffensperger
Republican

Elected Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger
Republican

Raffensperger was elected in 2018 to a first term in a runoff against Democratic former U.S. representative John Barrow, the first time in Georgia history that any statewide executive election went to a second round.

Republican primary

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Candidates

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Nominee

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Eliminated in primary

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Endorsements

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David Belle Isle
County commissioners
Mayors
City councilors

Debates

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2022 Georgia Secretary of State Republican primary election debates
No. Date Organizer  P  Participant  A  Absent (invited)  I  Invited  N  Not invited Source
David Belle Isle Jody Hice T.J. Hudson Brad Raffensperger
1 May 2, 2022 Atlanta Press Club,
Georgia Public Broadcasting
P P P P [14]

Polling

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Graphical summary
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
David
Belle Isle
Jody
Hice
T.J.
Hudson
Brad
Raffensperger
Undecided
Landmark Communications May 22, 2022 500 (LV) ± 4.4% 9% 39% 2% 38% 11%
SurveyUSA April 22–27, 2022 559 (LV) ± 4.9% 4% 20% 5% 31% 40%
University of Georgia April 10–22, 2022 886 (LV) ± 3.3% 5% 26% 4% 28% 37%
Landmark Communications April 9–10, 2022 660 (LV) ± 3.8% 10% 35% 3% 18% 33%
University of Georgia March 20 – April 8, 2022 ~329 (LV) ± 5.4% 4% 30% 4% 23% 39%
Emerson College April 1–3, 2022 509 (LV) ± 4.3% 6% 26% 3% 29% 37%

Results

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Primary results map by county:
  Raffensperger
  •   30–40%
      40–50%
      50–60%
      60–70%
  Hice
  •   40–50%
      50–60%
      60–70%
      70–80%
  Hudson
  •   70–80%

Despite opinion polls suggesting a tight race between Brad Raffensperger and Jody Hice as well as Trump's endorsement of Hice, Raffensperger ultimately won the primary election with a 19-point margin over Hice and avoided a potential runoff by winning an outright majority of the vote. This has been attributed to Hice's insufficient name recognition across the state and crossover voting in Georgia's open primary system where some Democratic voters voted in the Republican primary to vote against "Trump-backed extremists" like Hice.[15][16]

Raffensperger performed best in the Atlanta metropolitan area, while Hice performed best in Georgia's 10th congressional district, where he served as a U.S. representative; only five counties outside the district are won by Hice. The only county to not be won by either Raffensperger or Hice is Treutlen County, Hudson's home county, which he won with 76.42% of the vote.[17]

Republican primary results[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Raffensperger (incumbent) 611,616 52.37%
Republican Jody Hice 389,447 33.34%
Republican David Belle Isle 103,272 8.84%
Republican TJ Hudson 63,646 5.45%
Total votes 1,167,981 100.0%

Democratic primary

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Candidates

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Nominee

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Eliminated in runoff

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Eliminated in initial primary

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Did not file

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  • Manswell Peterson, former college professor[23]

Endorsements

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Michael Owens
Statewide officials
State senators
Organizations
Bee Nguyen
State senators
State representatives
Local officials
Organizations

First round

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Debates

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2022 Georgia Secretary of State Democratic primary election debates
No. Date Organizer  P  Participant  A  Absent (invited)  I  Invited  N  Not invited Source
Dee Dawkins-Haigler John Eaves Floyd Griffin Bee Nguyen Michael Owens
1 May 2, 2022 Atlanta Press Club,
Georgia Public Broadcasting
P P P P P [32]

Polling

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Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Dee
Dawkins-Haigler
John
Eaves
Floyd
Griffin
Bee
Nguyen
Michael
Owens
Manswell
Peterson
Undecided
SurveyUSA April 22–27, 2022 549 (LV) ± 5.1% 7% 7% 6% 12% 9% 60%
Emerson College April 1–3, 2022 509 (LV) ± 4.3% 13% 14% 4% 7% 5% 0% 57%

Results

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Initial primary results map by county:
  Nguyen
  •   20–30%
  •   30–40%
  •   40–50%
  •   50–60%
  •   60–70%
  Dawkins-Haigler
  •   20–30%
  •   30–40%
  •   40–50%
  Owens
  •   20–30%
  •   30–40%
  •   40–50%
  Griffin
  •   20–30%
  •   30–40%
  •   40–50%
  •   70–80%
  Nguyen/Owens tie
  •   20–30%
Democratic primary results[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bee Nguyen 309,437 44.33%
Democratic Dee Dawkins-Haigler 130,278 18.67%
Democratic Michael Owens 114,621 16.42%
Democratic Floyd Griffin 75,423 10.81%
Democratic John Eaves 68,233 9.78%
Total votes 697,992 100.0%

Runoff

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Debate

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2022 Georgia Secretary of State democratic primary runoff debate
No. Date Host Moderator Link Democratic Democratic
Key:
 P  Participant   A  Absent   N  Not invited   I  Invited  W  Withdrawn
Dee Dawkins-Haigler Bee Nguyen
1 Jun. 6, 2022 Atlanta Press Club Lisa Rayam YouTube P P

Results

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Runoff primary results map by county:
  Nguyen
  •   50–60%
  •   60–70%
  •   70–80%
  •   80–90%
  •   >90%
  Dawkins-Haigler
  •   50–60%
  •   60–70%
Nguyen/Dawkins-Haigler tie
  •   50–60%
Democratic primary runoff results[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bee Nguyen 198,511 77.00%
Democratic Dee Dawkins-Haigler 59,310 23.00%
Total votes 257,821 100.0%

Libertarian primary

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Candidates

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Declared

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General election

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Debate

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2022 Georgia Secretary of State debate
No. Date Host Moderator Link Republican Democratic Libertarian
Key:
 P  Participant   A  Absent   N  Not invited   I  Invited  W  Withdrawn
Brad Raffensperger Bee Nguyen Ted Metz
1 Oct. 28, 2022 Atlanta Press Club
Georgia Public Broadcasting
Lisa Rayam YouTube P P P

Predictions

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Source Ranking As of
Sabato's Crystal Ball[36] Lean R November 3, 2022
Elections Daily[37] Lean R November 7, 2022

Endorsements

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Brad Raffensperger (R)
Bee Nguyen (D)
U.S. executive branch officials
State senators
State representatives
Local officials
Organizations

Polling

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Graphical summary
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Brad
Raffensperger (R)
Bee
Nguyen (D)
Ted
Metz (L)
Other Undecided
Landmark Communications November 4–7, 2022 1,214 (LV) ± 2.8% 48% 40% 6% 6%
SurveyUSA September 30 – October 4, 2022 1,076 (LV) ± 3.7% 39% 36% 7% 18%
University of Georgia September 5–16, 2022 861 (LV) ± 3.3% 50% 31% 6% 13%
Phillips Academy August 3–7, 2022 971 (RV) ± 3.1% 50% 34% 16%
SurveyUSA July 21–24, 2022 604 (LV) ± 5.3% 40% 33% 7% 20%
University of Georgia July 14–22, 2022 902 (LV) ± 3.3% 46% 32% 7% 15%

Results

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2022 Georgia Secretary of State election[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Raffensperger (incumbent) 2,081,241 53.23% +4.14%
Democratic Bee Nguyen 1,719,922 43.99% −5.32%
Libertarian Ted Metz 108,884 2.78% +0.55%
Total votes 3,910,047 100.0%
Republican hold

By congressional district

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Raffensperger won 9 of 14 congressional districts.[42]

District Raffensperger Nguyen Representative
1st 60% 37% Buddy Carter
2nd 48% 49% Sanford Bishop
3rd 67% 30% Drew Ferguson
4th 24% 74% Hank Johnson
5th 22% 77% Nikema Williams
6th 63% 34% Lucy McBath (117th Congress)
Rich McCormick (118th Congress)
7th 42% 56% Carolyn Bourdeaux (117th Congress)
Lucy McBath (118th Congress)
8th 67% 30% Austin Scott
9th 72% 25% Andrew Clyde
10th 63% 34% Jody Hice (117th Congress)
Mike Collins (118th Congress)
11th 61% 35% Barry Loudermilk
12th 59% 38% Rick Allen
13th 21% 77% David Scott
14th 70% 27% Marjorie Taylor Greene

Notes

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  1. ^ a b c Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear

References

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