Lucy McBath Wins Georgia 6th Congressional District Over Karen Handel


Lucy McBath, a gun control and racial justice activist whose son was killed in a 2012 shooting, won a razor-thin election against Republican incumbent Karen Handel, decided this morning. The win furthers an advantage for Democrats in the House, with many races still too close to call.

The 6th District race was Georgia’s most high-profile upset in a year that drew near presidential-level turnout. Many political handicappers did not list Handel among the lawmakers most in danger of losing their seats.

Her victory is historic: Lucy McBath not only adds to the Democrat’s House majority, but she will be the first person of color to represent Georgia’s 6th District, a district with overwhelmingly white and affluent voters and thought to be out of the Democrats’ reach. It also signifies the change coming in 2020 for Georgia.

Previously, in the 2017 special election, Karen Handel (R) won the race against Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff by 4 percentage points. For a district heavily populated by affluent white voters, the numbers were very close and this midterm elections reflect that: Lucy McBath held her ground and won the race, leading by 1% with 50.5% of the vote to Karen Handel’s 49.5%. McBath

Reflecting on her win, Jon Ossoff commented, “Strong candidates like Lucy and Carolyn running strong campaigns, Stacey Abrams at the top of the ticket driving historic turnout, Trump destroying the GOP’s reputation, damaged and invisible incumbents and thousands of tireless progressive volunteers….It all helped sweep away the GOP’s hold on Atlanta’s suburbs.”