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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 24: A roll of stickers sit on a table as people vote during the Georgia primary at the Metropolitan Library on May 24, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Election Day allows people to vote on Republican and Democratic nominees for offices. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Voters in Georgia head to the polls today for the May 24 primary and non partisan election.

In Richmond County, voters will choose Augusta’s next mayor.  Candidates in the running include A.K. Hasan, Steven Kendrick, Marion Williams, Charlie Hannah, Garnett Johnson, Lori Myles, Donald Bradshaw, Lucas Johnson and Robert Ingham.  Five seats on the Augusta Commission are also on the ballot, as well as two Augusta Circuit Superior Court Judge races, Richmond County State Court Judge, and Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court Judges.

In Columbia County, there are two school board seats to be filled and one County Commission seat.

Governor Brian Kemp, who is running for re-election, is seeking the Republican nomination.  His biggest competition for the nomination is believed to be Senator David Perdue.  The winner will face Democrat Stacey Abrams, who is running unopposed.

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker have six challengers between them in today’s primary.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who is also seeking re-election, has three opponents for the Republican nomination including U.S. Representative Jody Hice, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Polls are open until 7:00 p.m. this evening.  Remember, a photo I.D. will be required to vote.

Stay tuned to WGAC starting at 8:00 p.m. for election results twice an hour.