On This Day In 1990: Miller & Young Advance To Georgia Runoff

July 17, 1990:

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Lt. Gov. Zell Miller is the leading vote getter in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Georgia but fails to reach the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff.

Miller gets 41 percent of the vote to 29 percent for former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who is hoping to become Georgia's first black governor. Finishing third is future governor Roy Barnes and in fifth place is former governor Lester Maddox. State Rep. Johnny Isakson wins the Republican nomination.

Miller and Young will go to an Aug. 7 runoff, which Miller will win. He will also defeat Isakson in November. Both Miller and Isakson will years later be elected to the Senate.

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