Early voting in the special runoff elections across Georgia has closed, and those who haven’t voted will go back to the polls Tuesday to decide Republican nominees in two Congressional seats, as well as nominees for several state legislative seats. While voters have their eyes on all seats, the race for the 3rd Congressional District is drawing the most attention.

The 3rd District race — an open seat with the retirement of U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson — is rooted in a Republican territory that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race. And the former President has endorsed longtime aide, Brian Jack, for the post. Jack finished just shy of the 50 percent mark in the Primary. He is going up against second-place finisher and former State Senator Mike Dugan.

Jack spent much of last week and this past weekend at rallies across the district where he was joined by Ohio U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Both Dugan and Jack are presenting themselves as the conservative choice. Jack is playing up his connection with Trump and the time he spent as Trump’s political director. Dugan is running on his experience as a State Senator, while trying to paint his opponent as a “D.C. insider.” The winner on Tuesday will face Democrat Maura Keller in November.

 

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