Incumbent Rep. Lucy McBath defeats Republican challenger Karen Handel to maintain control of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District

  • Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath defeated the Republican Karen Handel to maintain control of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, according to Decision Desk HQ.
  • It was a rematch of the 2018 race, in which McBath unseated the then-incumbent Handel by just 1 percentage point.
  • In 2017, Handel defeated Jon Ossoff in a special election to replace the former Trump administration official Tom Price, which became the most expensive House election in history.
  • McBath is the first nonwhite person to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
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Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath has defeated the former Rep. Karen Handel to maintain control of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, according to Decision Desk HQ.

The district includes suburbs in northern Atlanta and portions of DeKalb, Fulton, and Cobb counties.

The candidates

Handel narrowly lost the Republican primary election for governor in 2010 as her opponent labelled her as too soft-handed on abortion and gay rights. After her defeat in the primary, Handel worked for Susan G. Komen, the breast-cancer nonprofit, but was removed after pushing for the company to cease any financial support for Planned Parenthood.

McBath lost her son to gun violence in 2012 and became a gun-control activist. She decided to run for Congress after the mass shooting of a high school in Parkland, Florida. She was the first nonwhite person to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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The district

Georgia’s 6th Congressional District contains the affluent northern suburbs of Atlanta and portions of DeKalb, Fulton, and Cobb counties.

The district was once represented by the former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich but is now rapidly trending in Democrats’ direction as suburban and college-educated voters turn away from the GOP over their dislike of President Donald Trump.

While Mitt Romney easily carried the 6th District by over 23 percentage points in 2012, Trump carried it by just 1.5 points in 2016, and the Democrat Stacey Abrams carried the district by over 3 points in her 2018 gubernatorial campaign, according to the Daily Kos.

The money race

According to the Centre for Responsive Politics and Federal Election Commission filings, the incumbent McBath has raised over $US7.8 million, spent $US6.8 million, and has $US1.2 million in cash on hand. Her opponent, Handel, has raised less than half of that — $US2.9 million, has spent $US2.3 million, and has only about $US675,000 on hand.

In her 2017 special-election race against Jon Ossoff to replace the former Trump administration official Tom Price, Handel raised $US8.7 million as she bested her opponent who outraised her by $US22 million.

What experts say

The race between McBath and Handel was rated as “likely Democratic” by the Cook Political Report, Inside Elections, and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Centre for Politics.

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