While Stacey Abrams is fighting for votes in Georgia, there is some good news in The Peach State. Although Lucia “Lucy” McBath declared victory over incumbent Republican Rep. Karen Handel on Wednesday, Handel refused to concede. However, it is now official that McBath is the victor.
A reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote on Twitter that “U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, just conceded defeat and congratulated Democrat Lucy McBath. Handel will have served just 18 months in Congress.”
Yesterday, McBath released the following statement, “After a hard fought race, I am honored to announce that the people of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District have put their trust in my vision for the future of our district and nation.”
Handel said in a statement today, “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 is a huge victory. McBath is the mother of 17-year-old Jordan Davis who was shot to death at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, 2012. A white man opened fire into the car he was sitting in with friends over complaints about their loud music. The shooter was given a sentence of life in prison without parole and 90 years. He applied for an appeal in November of 2016, but it was denied.
McBath ran on a gun control platform in a very pro-gun state and credited her son for propelling her political career to the doorsteps of Congress after she won her primary.
Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath!