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Bourdeaux claims victory in Georgia 7th; four new faces head to Congress

By The Associated Press

 

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has claimed victory in Georgia’s 7th Congresional District, saying on social media she will address supporters on Facebook later this morning.

Bourdeaux, who narrowly lost to inclement Rob Woodall four years ago, has a lead on Republican Rich McCormick, but not all the votes have been counted in the district which includes Gwinnett and a portion of Forsyth County.

If she wins, she will be the fourth new face headed to Washington to represent Georgia in the U.S. House along with 10 incumbents who won reelection amid a competitive statewide election with votes still being counted early Wednesday.

Among those returning is Democrat Lucy McBath, who won another term in a House seat in the Atlanta suburbs.
Marjorie Taylor Greene won election unopposed in an open seat after expressing racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories, while Democrat and state Sen. Nikema Williams will be the long-term successor to the late U.S. Rep John Lewis. Republican gun dealer Andrew Clyde also won an open seat to succeed U.S. Rep Doug Collins. 

Georgia Democratic Party Chair Nikema Williams was elected to take over the congressional seat of Lewis after the civil rights icon died in July. Williams easily beat Republican Angela Stanton-King in the district including much of Atlanta and nearby suburbs. The 42-year-old Williams was tapped to succeed Lewis and joins two other Black women, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and 2018 gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, among Georgia's most influential Democrats

Republican Buddy Carter won a fourth term in Congress, beating Democrat Joyce Marie Griggs in the coastal 1st District. Carter said he would focus on economic recovery. Griggs said it was key to keep the Affordable Care Act in place, and sought more stimulus money for people because of COVID-19.

Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop won a 15th term in southwest Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District against Republican Don Cole. Bishop campaigned as a moderate focused on development, also calling for a stronger response to COVID-19. Cole said he would focus on economic development.

Incumbent Republican Drew Ferguson beat Democrat Val Almonord, winning his third term in western Georgia’s 3rd District. Ferguson touted work to increase internet access and improve business competitiveness. Almonord argued for expanding health care and more COVID-19 relief.

Incumbent Democrat Hank Johnson defeated Republican Johsie Cruz Ezammudeen to win a seventh term representing the 4th District in Atlanta’s eastern suburbs. Johnson touted criminal justice reform and improving internet access. Cruz supported Trump and opposed abortion.

Republican Austin Scott won a sixth term against Democrat Lindsey Holliday and Green Party member Jimmy Cooper in the 8th District. Scott supported agriculture, rural hospitals and military bases. Holliday argued Trump endangers democracy and sought a stronger COVID-19 response.

Incumbent Republican Jody Hice won a fourth term in eastern Georgia’s 9th Congressional District. He defeated Democrat Tabitha Johnson-Green for the second straight time. Hice defended Trump, supported police and opposed abortion on the campaign trail. Johnson-Green emphasized access to health care.

Republican Barry Loudermilk beat Democrat Dana Barrett in the 11th Congressional District in the northwest Atlanta suburbs. Loudermilk won a fourth term focusing on economic recovery, low taxes and less regulation. Barrett emphasized health care and equal economic opportunity.

Republican Rick Allen won a fourth term against Democrat Liz Johnson in eastern Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. Allen opposed expanded federal health coverage and social service programs. Johnson ran unsuccessfully for state insurance commissioner in 2014.

Incumbent Democrat David Scott defeated Republican Becky Hites, winning a 10th term representing Georgia’s 13th Congressional District in Atlanta’s southern suburbs. Scott advocated for more money for COVID-19 relief and gun control. Hites said she would work to improve the district’s economy.

 

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