State Sen. E.L. “Buddy” Carter and retired Chatham County physician Robert E. “Bob” Johnson will meet July 22 in a runoff of Tuesday’s Republican Primary for the District 1 Congressional seat.
After running out front much of the night, Carter finished with 36 percent of the votes while Johnson collected 21 percent.
St. Simons Island businessman John A. McCallum finished third with 21 percent and state Rep. Jeff Chapman, R-Brunswick, was well back at 13 percent.
Darwin Carter of Alma had 5 percent while Earl T. Martin received 2 percent of the vote.
On the Democratic side, Brian Corwin Reese and Amy L. Tavio finished in nearly a dead heat for the top two spots on the ballot and they will also will meet in a runoff. Tavio finished first, but Reese was only 21 votes back.
The third candidate, Marc Anthony Smith was eliminated, but he was also close with 32.2 percent of the vote.