Nearly 400 vote early

ALBANY -- Elections officials say 388 people voted ahead of today's primary runoff election.

In Dougherty County, four state races will be on the Republican ballot with one on the Democratic side.

Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said that 388 people had used the early voting period to cast their ballots in the runoff and that all 28 precincts will be open today to accept voters.

"Each place will be open from 7 (a.m.) to 7 (p.m.)," she said.

If a voter cast a ballot in a party primary, they can only vote in that party's runoff election today, Nickerson said. Registered voters who didn't cast a ballot on July 20 can vote in either the Republican or Democratic runoff election.

Today's races will round out the challengers for state races for the November General Election.

For Republicans, gubernatorial candidates Nathan Deal and Karen Handel will square off to determine who gets a shot at Democrat Roy Barnes in November.

Attorney general candidates Sam Olens and Preston Smith will fight for a chance at Democrat Ken Hodges.

In the insurance commissioner race, Ralph Hudgens is taking on Maria Sheffield and in the Public Service Commission runoff, Tim Echols and John Douglas are up for consideration.

The sole Democratic runoff pits Gail Buckner against Georganna Sinkfield for secretary of state.