The organization Brian Laurens claims to have received endorsement from has denied backing him, or any candidate.
Brian Laurens, the candidate for the House District 21 special election who earlier this year was accused of trying to use political connections to get out of a traffic ticket, is in hot water again. The latest allegations against the political consultant show that Laurens has been mailing out campaign literature which claims he has been endorsed by Georgia Conservatives in Action (GCIA). However, GCIA denies endorsing Laurens, and, according to Georgia Pundit's Todd Rehm, have a "history of not endorsing as an organization." Mike Hassinger of Peach Pundit got in touch with GCIA co-founder Pat Tippett, who said, "We did not endorse [Laurens]. He sent that out on his own." GCIA has asked Laurens to retract his claim.
With 100 percent of votes unofficially tallied, Scot Turner leads overall, followed by Brian Laurens and Natalie Bergeron.
Update (9:55 p.m.): According to the Secretary of State's website, all votes for the House District 21 race have been tallied with no candidate earning a 50 percent plus one majority. Scot Turner leads the race with 1,496 votes, or 46.39 percent of the electorate. Brian Laurens is in second place with 971 votes, or 30.11 percent. Laurens and Turner will face each other in a runoff election to determine the House District 21 representative on Feb. 5. Update (9:10 p.m.): Scot Turner's lead in the House District 21 race has widened to a 46.39 percent margin, with 1,496 votes out of a total of 3,225 votes cast. Turner needs 50 percent plus one to avoid a runoff and become the representative for State House District 21. Updated vote totals can …