Four candidates in statewide judicial races learned on Election Day they still have four weeks to go.
On Tuesday, Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, appointed to the bench last year by Gov. Sonny Perdue, did not get enough votes to win the race outright. He will face Lawrenceville family law attorney Tamela Adkins in the Nov. 30 runoff.
Nahmias received 48 percent of the vote and Adkins, who did not campaign or accept contributions, received 35 percent. Atlanta lawyer Matt Wilson, who mounted an aggressive campaign against Nahmias, finished a distant third. On Wednesday, Adkins said she will begin an active campaign over the next four weeks leading to the runoff.
There also will be a runoff to decide who will be the next judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. The winner will succeed Judge Edward Johnson, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Toni Davis, who works at an Atlanta personal injury law firm, finished first in a crowded field of six candidates. She received 25 percent of the vote. In the runoff, she will face Decatur lawyer Chris McFadden, who received 22 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Not making the runoff for the appeals court seat were: Atlanta lawyer David Schaeffer (18 percent), Atlanta lawyer Adrienne Hunter-Strothers (12 percent), North Georgia district attorney Stan Gunter (11 percent) and Quality Renters CEO and legal counsel James Babalola (10 percent).