Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen will win the Democratic nomination for secretary of state to take on Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger in November, CNN projects.
Nguyen is projected to finish ahead of former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler. The candidates advanced to the runoff after both fell short of the majority required under state law to win the May 24 primary outright.
Nguyen, a rising star in Democratic circles, scored endorsements from a slew of national and state politicians, including Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic nominee for governor. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Nguyen (pronounced “win”) would become the first Asian American elected to a statewide political post in Georgia, should she prevail in the fall.