Chris Carr won a narrow victory to remain Georgia attorney general on Tuesday, defeating Democratic upstart Charlie Bailey by about 120,000 votes out of 3.8 million cast.
The Associated Press declared Carr, whom Gov. Nathan Deal appointed to the post in 2016, the victor at 2:23 a.m. Carr had 51.6 percent of the vote, while Bailey had 48.4 percent, according to the Secretary of State website at 5 a.m.
Georgia voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment creating a statewide business court. The measure received 69 percent of the vote, setting up an unusual scene at the state Legislature soon: The judges on the court will be appointed to five-year terms by the governor and confirmed by the House and Senate Judiciary committees.
Who will pick those judges was unclear on Wednesday morning. Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp was nearly 20,000 votes over the 50 percent mark to win the governorship without a runoff. But his Democratic opponent, former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, was waiting on seven counties that, as of 4 a.m., had not counted at least 77,000 mail-in ballots, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Election night started with a lawsuit seeking to stop Kemp from overseeing vote-counting in his race for governor. No ruling from a federal judge was reported overnight.