Georgia-10 special election set for today

The special election to replace the late Rep. Charles Norwood (R) will be held today in Georgia’s 10th congressional district, with the polls closing at 7 p.m.

Turnout is expected to be around 10 percent, and about 10,000 of the district’s 340,000 registered voters cast early ballots, according to the Georgia secretary of state.

Despite a lack of public polling of the race, former state Sen. Jim Whitehead (R) is the odds-on favorite and has the support of many of Norwood’s people.

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If no one garners more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held July 17.