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RECORDS: After Mailer Slamming Opponent as ‘Liberal,’ Records Show Johnson Voted Dem 25% of the Time

Despite claims of deep Republican roots, public records show that Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson has frequently voted in Democratic primaries.

The revelation comes just one week after the Johnson reelection campaign slammed her opponent, Keith Higgins, who is running as an Independent. In his quest to unseat the decade-long incumbent, Higgins has worked to appeal to voters with varying political ideologies with a campaign platform of ‘Justice for All.’

But Johnson has largely proclaimed that she is a GOP supporter and Republican loyalist, having been appointed by former Governor Sonny Perdue, the first Republican governor for the peach state since Reconstruction. On her campaign website, she claims she is a ‘lifelong Republican’ and ‘a true conservative.’

Last week, a mailer paid for by ‘The Committee to Elect Jackie Johnson’ professed that Higgins was a ‘liberal trial lawyer,’ warning of his dangerous ‘liberal Democrat agenda’ with which Higgins was pandering to voters.

Official public records, however, tell a different story.


Are Johnson’s claims about Higgins’ liberal roots true?

Jackie Johnson has voted Democrat in 25% of the elections over the last 20 years. Johnson voted in the Republican primary and the Presidential Preference Primary in 2016, in the 2014 primary, in the 2012 primary and in the 2010 primary. But in the 2000 and 2004 primary elections, as well as the Presidential Preference Primary election in 2004, Johnson pulled a Democratic ballot.

Her opponent, Keith Higgins, has selected only Republican ballots in the last 20 years. There are no records indicating that Higgins has ever voted Democrat.

Note: General election party votes are not public record. Georgia only maintains a record of which ballot a registered voter selects during the primary process. All voter data list is public record and available for review by any person or campaign committee. 

AllOnGeorgia has determined that Johnson’s claim about Higgins on the most recent mailer is false. Additionally, Johnson’s claim on her campaign website that she is a ‘lifelong Republican’ is also false.

The race between Johnson and Higgins will be decided on November 3rd in Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, and Wayne counties. 

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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