Brian Jack

ATLANTA – A former aide in the Trump White House and a former state senator are headed toward a runoff to decide the Republican nominee in Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District.

Brian Jack, brandishing an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s GOP primary with 46.7% of the vote to 24.9% for second-place finisher Mike Dugan in the west-central Georgia district, according to unofficial results.

That left Jack short of the 50%-plus-one margin needed to avoid a June 18 runoff against Dugan. Three other candidates in a crowded Republican field seeking to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-West Point – former state Sen. Mike Crane, businessman Jim Bennett, and former state Rep. Philip Singleton – finished out of the running.

Jack played up his close ties with Trump during the campaign, while Dugan touted his accomplishments during a stint as Georgia Senate majority leader.

Meanwhile, Maura Keller defeated Val Almonord for the Democratic nomination in the heavily Republican 3rd District. Keller captured 53% of the vote to 47% for Almonord.