State Sen. Ralph Hudgens and attorney Maria Sheffield are headed to a runoff in the Republican primary for Georgia insurance commissioner.

Unofficial returns showed Hudgens with roughly 21 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary with 95 percent of precincts reporting. Sheffield earned roughly 20 percent of the vote in a crowded nine-way race.

Since no one received more than 50 percent of the vote, the primary will be decided in an Aug. 10 runoff election. The winner will face Democrat Mary Squires, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Sheffield is an Atlanta attorney, while Hudgens chairs the Senate Insurance Committee.

The race attracted a large number of candidates after the incumbent, John Oxendine, decided to run for governor. Oxendine was elected insurance commissioner in 1994 and has held the job ever since.

 

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