GEORGIA -- Republican Brad Raffensperger is claiming victory in the race to decide Georgia's next secretary of state. He faced Democrat John Barrow.

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At 10:30 p.m, unofficial results showed Raffensperger with 54 percent of the votes with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Barrow only had 46 percent. The Associated Press projected Raffensperger the winner of the race.

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"Tonight's victory, it's all about the people and it's all about the Lord," he said. "Thank you very much."

"I'm very excited and humbled that I'm going to be your next secretary of state," he added.

In the general midterm election, Raffensperger received 49.13 percent of the vote, while Barrow received 48.64 percent.

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Libertarian candidate Smythe Duval received 2.23 percent of the vote in that race, forcing the runoff. In Georgia, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent to be declared winner.

The state's previous secretary of state, Brian Kemp, defeated Stacey Abrams to become Georgia's next governor.

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