The Associated Press reports more than 761,000 voters cast their ballots by mail or at voting stations across Georgia before early voting largely ended last Friday, according to unofficial results from Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.
Much of the early voting was clustered around Atlanta, the state’s population center. More than 55,000 early ballots were cast in Cobb County, where both candidates hope to perform strongly. Barnes lives there, although Republican Sonny Perdue carried it in 2002 when he unseated Barnes from the governor’s office after a single term.
Cobb County was followed by DeKalb County east of Atlanta and urban Fulton County — both strongholds for Democrats — and finally Gwinnett County, which has historically leaned Republican but has seen its wide margin erode in recent years with an influx of immigrants.