Rep. Graves to face another runoff

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) will face his second runoff in three months in August after finishing just shy of the 50 percent needed to win Tuesday’s primary outright. 

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Graves led state Sen. Lee Hawkins 48.8 percent to 26.8 percent. 

Graves won a special election runoff June 8 for the right to serve out the term of former Rep. Nathan Deal (R), who resigned to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.  

Graves defeated Hawkins in that June 8 runoff, but a primary was still necessary to gain the nomination for the fall to serve a full two-year term.  

Graves was one of six Republican candidates in Tuesday’s primary. He had strong backing from area Tea Party groups and won the endorsement of The Club for Growth. 

Graves and Hawkins will square off again on Aug. 10.