Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters at a rally, Monday, Nov., 5, 2018, in Richmond Hill, Ga. Republican candidate Brian Kemp and Abrams are locked in a tight race that could head to a runoff if neither wins a majority Tuesday. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

The Latest: 2 Georgia congressional races still very close

November 07, 2018 - 12:22 pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on Georgia elections (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Democrats who took control of the U.S. House in the midterm elections are still hoping for upset victories over Republican incumbents in two extremely close congressional races in the Atlanta suburbs.

Unofficial returns Wednesday morning showed GOP Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall neck-and-neck with Democratic challengers. Both races were too close to call and campaigns said they were still awaiting final tallies of absentee ballots.

Handel faces Democratic gun-control activist Lucy McBath in metro Atlanta's 6th District. Handel is running again after winning a closely watched special election last year against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Woodall is being challenged by Democratic college professor Carolyn Bourdeaux in the neighboring 7th District.

Either race could trigger a recount if the final vote margin separating the rivals is 1 percent or less.

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3:25 a.m.

Several statewide races in Georgia remain too close to declare a winner.

Georgia Democrats are hoping for some upset victories after Republicans have kept them shut out of all statewide offices since 2010. Unofficial election returns showed tight races for open seats for secretary of state and insurance commissioner. Two GOP members of the Public Service Commission are also in close contests with Democratic challengers.

Runoffs were possible in the secretary of state's race as well as the two PSC contests because Libertarians candidates on the ballot could keep any candidate from surpassing 50 percent of the vote as required to win. Any runoff elections for statewide office would be held Dec. 4.

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