Trump-backed Burt Jones wins Georgia’s lieutenant governor’s race

Former state senator is facing allegations he was a fake Trump elector in Fulton County
Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 11:25 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2022 at 1:22 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Burt Jones, who had the endorsement of Donald Trump and is currently facing accusations of being a fake elector for the former president in Fulton County, has apparently won Georgia’s lieutenant governor’s race.

As of 1 p.m. and with 100% of precincts reporting, Jones, a middle Georgia state senator, had 51.42% of the vote to Democrat Charlie Bailey’s 46.4%. Libertarian Ryan Graham came in with 2%.

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After being elected to the state House in 2012, Republican Geoff Duncan became Georgia’s lieutenant governor in 2018, defeating Sarah Riggs Amico with 52% of the vote.

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In 2020, Duncan became a vocal critic of Trump’s claims the election was stolen. He even penned a book entitled “GOP 2.0: How the 2020 Election Can Lead to a Better Way Forward for America’s Conservative Party.”

Duncan’s departure after only one term as lieutenant governor opened the door for Jones, who had represented middle Georgia’s District 25 since 2012. Bailey ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General in 2018.

The race has drawn national attention due to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ continuing investigation into alleged 2020 election malfeasance. Willis has been disqualified from investigating Jones’ alleged role as a fake elector operating on Trump’s behalf because of her support of Bailey.

On June 14, Willis attended a fundraiser for Bailey, well after she had already convened a grand jury to investigate an alleged plot involving 16 Republicans who served as fake electors, one of whom was allegedly Jones.

Willis was disqualified from investigating Jones by Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney.