Georgia GOP to choose congressional nominees, with candidates including man convicted in Jan. 6 riot

Georgia Republicans are settling two congressional nominations in Tuesday runoffs, with a former Donald Trump aide bidding for an open seat and a man convicted for illegally demonstrating inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, running in a different district.

Meanwhile Democrats will choose their candidate to run against Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in the November General Election, while the two parties will also pick nominees in eight state legislative runoffs where no one won a majority in the May 21 primaries.

Turnout is likely to be low, and some congressional nominees could be chosen by a tiny fraction of voters, especially in the the 2nd and 14th districts.

Here’s a look at the races:

2nd District

Republican Chuck Hand grabbed headlines when he walked out of a televised debate. Hand is vying with Wayne Johnson to challenge 16-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Sanford Bishop in the 2nd Congressional District, which sprawls across southwest Georgia, stretching into Columbus and Macon.

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