Democrat Lucy McBath declares victory in a major upset in the the Georgia 6th race against GOP incumbent Karen Handel.
McBath issued a statement: “After a hard fought race, I am honored to announce that the people of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District have put their trust in my vision for the future of our district and nation.””The voters responded to my commitment to put aside partisan fights for the good of the American people. Six years ago, I went for a Marietta mom to a mother on a mission. After my son was lost to gun violence, I stood up and started demanding more.”
After Parkland, I was compelled to enter this race for Congress — to provide leadership that would be about the business of putting lives over profits. I vote to make that my top priority.”
Lucy McBath is the first Democrat to win in Georgia Sixth since 1979 and she’s the first ever African American to represent the district.
Karen Handel finally conceded on Thursday morning after realizing that there was no path to victory for her based on the absentee and provisional ballots.
Handel’s decision not to concede right away is reminiscent of Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood, who refused to concede to Keisha Lance Bottoms. Norwood eventually conceded two weeks after the election when her opponent gained votes during the recount.