Gun dealer Andrew Clyde has won election to an open House seat in northeast Georgia, defeating Democrat Devin Pandy.
One of the nation’s most Republican districts became open after incumbent Rep. Doug Collins decided to run for U.S. Senate.
Clyde touts his record as an Athens gun dealer, his 28 years of Navy service, and his successful advocacy of restrictions on the IRS after the agency seized $940,000 from him in 2013. He wants to abolish the tax-collecting agency, and promises “not to give an inch” on gun rights.
"I'm very proud of the 9th district," Clyde said. "They've really come out in force in their voting, as we asked them to. I'm just really thankful for that."
Pandy, an U.S. Army veteran who came to the U.S. as a child, pledged to help farmers and veterans, protect the environment and improve health care access. The district covers all or part of 20 northeast Georgia counties.
AP has contributed to this story.