Update (November 8, 2018): Lucy McBath is officially a member of the Georgia Congress.
Republican candidate Karen Handel conceded on Thursday morning, according to WSB-TV.
“After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” she wrote in a letter. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and I send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her.”
This win is just the beginning. We’ve sent a strong message to the entire country. Absolutely nothing - no politician & no special interest - is more powerful than a mother on a mission.— Lucy McBath (@LucyWins2018) November 8, 2018
Sign up w/ #TeamLucy below. We still have so much work left to do. https://t.co/yH2MIi3FTi pic.twitter.com/zw0cs6NQa4
Update (November 7, 2018): Like the candidate at the top of her ticket, McBath ended Election Day with her race too tight to call.
On Wednesday, the candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District declared herself the winner of her battle against incumbent Republican Karen Handel, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Democrat Lucy McBath is declaring victory over Rep. Karen Handel in #GA06. No major news outlet had called the race. SOS office has McBath about 3,000 votes ahead, still within 1 percent recount threshold #gapol pic.twitter.com/J1exg8tV3k— Tamar Hallerman (@ajconwashington) November 7, 2018
In her victory announcement, McBath cited the death of her son as the event that pushed her toward a career in politics and promised to put "lives over profit" as a congresswoman.
Her rival has yet to concede, and, according to the Journal-Constitution, the 6th District race could still be headed to a recount. The secretary of state's office has McBath roughly 3,000 votes ahead. However, Fulton County, which comprises part of the 6th District, has around 3,700 provisional ballots that have yet to be tallied. Furthermore, analysts expect up to 1,000 ballots completed by Georgians overseas could still be en route to the state. Those overseas ballots must be in by Friday to be included in the official vote total.
To avoid an automatic recount, McBath must beat Handel by more than 1 percent.
Original: The mother of slain teen Jordan Davis has won the Democratic nomination for Georgia's 6th Congressional District in the July 24 runoff.
Lucy McBath lost her teenage son in 2012 to 47-year-old Michael Dunn over a dispute about loud music. She looked for ways to overcome the grief, but the solution she found was running for Congress to fight for families affected by gun violence, according to ABC News.
After winning the race, McBath tweeted thanks to her supporters, friends and family, with a special acknowledgment to Jordan:
I am at a loss for words. Thank you to my supporters, friends & family. And I want to thank my dear Jordan, my rock & inspiration. We deserve better representation in DC, and I intend to show the good people of #GA06 what a tough, determined mother can do. On to November! pic.twitter.com/OqXCbw53cu— Lucy McBath (@LucyWins2018) July 25, 2018
Davis' story was one of the most tragic examples of racially motivated violence in the country at the time. The 17-year-old was shot dead by Dunn over a dispute at a Florida gas station. Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder.
Since then, McBath, a former Delta Airlines flight attendant, has worked tirelessly to end gun violence through her work with advocacy groups like The Everytown for Gun Safety Action group. She has gained the backing and financial support of gun control activists, who have spent millions on campaign ads for her push to Capitol Hill, per Mother Jones.
"I never expected this to happen, but I know that in light of all my experiences, to not to do anything is a tragedy in itself," McBath said in an interview with ABC News just days before the May primary.
McBath, if victorious, will be representing Georgia's 6th Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Karen Handel. Handel became the first woman to serve Georgia in the U.S. House after winning the district following an intense campaign against Jon Ossoff, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The two woman will square off in November.
"I'm sure you'll continue to see more parents like myself, who are losing their children, standing up," McBath said. "It's just going to happen."
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