Election specialists say early voting closes with over 7K casting votes in Muscogee Co.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Election specialists say the turnout for early voting in Columbus resulted in over 7,000 people casting their votes.

"There are a lot of local issues that I am particularly concerned about. I definitely would not miss an opportunity to participate," says voter Walt Ayers.

They say this election is one that's rare with so many seats up for grabs in Muscogee County. 
"This is very important because we have four countywide seats that are open, which is not normally the case. We have the mayors office, we have the school board, and we have two countywide council seats that are open, so that's very important," says elections specialist Jeanette James.

Just ahead of tomorrow's primaries, one Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate stopped in the Fountain City today. Stacey Abrams visited Sugga's restaurant in Midtown Columbus to make sure people get out to vote tomorrow. 
"I'm excited to be back in Columbus, Muscogee County where we have incredible leadership and I'm looking forward to joining them as the next governor of Georgia," says Abrams.

Abrams faces Stacy Evans for the Democratic nomination for Georgia's next governor. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle landed at the Columbus Airport this morning in his quest for the Republican nomination. A candidate from either party must get one vote more than 50 percent to win their primary outright.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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