FILE PHOTO: Democratic candidate Lucy McBath working for U.S. Congress in Georgia’s sixth district speaks with supporters in Marietta, Georgia, U.S., October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Liz Hampton
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat and gun-control advocate Lucy McBath defeated Republican U.S. Representative Karen Handel in a congressional race in Georgia, racking up one other seat for Democrats who gained management of the House of Representative in Tuesday’s elections.
The carefully fought race in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District was considered one of 10 House races remaining to be determined.
“This win is just the beginning. We’ve sent a strong message to the entire country,” McBath stated on Twitter on Thursday morning. “Absolutely nothing – no politician & no special interest – is more powerful than a mother on a mission.”
McBath’s son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, was a black teenager killed when a white man fired 10 rounds at a car carrying 4 teenagers in a Jacksonville fuel station parking zone in November 2012. The gunman complained that he and his pals have been enjoying music too loudly in their automotive.
Her son’s loss of life propelled McBath, a former flight attendant, to grow to be a gun-control advocate and finally to run for workplace.
Handel grew to become the primary Republican girl to signify Georgia in the U.S. Congress in 2017. She conceded early on Thursday.
“After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel wrote in a Facebook submit as she congratulated McBath.
While they misplaced management of the House in Tuesday’s elections, President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans elevated their majority in the Senate.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry