WASHINGTON – Democrat Lucy McBath has defeated GOP Rep. Karen Handel in the contest for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, McBath received 159,353 votes (50.5%) and Handel received 156,419 votes (49.5%), according to the AP.
McBath’s victory means Democrats won 224 seats in Tuesday’s mid-term elections. Republicans won 199 seats. About a dozen races have yet to be called. Democrats are expected to expand their majority when all the votes are counted.
McBath, 58, is a former flight attendant and a gun control activist.
Handel, 56, has served in Congress since 2017.
Last year Handel defeated millennial Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election contest to fill the seat vacated by then-Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price.
The Democratic Congressional Committee (DCC) spent more than $5 million on the race, making it the most expensive House race in history.
The predominantly suburban Atlanta district once was considered safely Republican but has become more contestable in recent years.
President Donald Trump carried the district by less than 2 percentage points. Four years earlier Mitt Romney won the district by 23 points.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) represented the district for 20 years.