NORTH FULTON, Ga. — In a night of high voter turnout, Democrats claimed Georgia’s 6th U.S. Congressional District and made gains in the state Legislature.
Many races were too close to call on election night, but on the morning of Nov. 8, Republican incumbent Rep. Karen Handel released a statement conceding the race to Democratic candidate Lucy McBath.
“After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel stated on Facebook. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath, and I send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her.”
McBath secured 50.46 percent of the vote to Handel’s 49.54 percent in the race for U.S. House District 6.
“This win is just the beginning,” McBath said in an online statement. “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.”
In the Georgia Senate, Democrat Zahra Karinshak defeated Repulican Matt Reeves 53.53 percent to 46.47 percent in District 47. The district includes east Johns Creek and parts of Gwinnett County and is currently represented by Republican David Shafer.
State Sen. John Albers, the Republican incumbent, held on to District 56, which includes West Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Roswell. Albers outpolled Democratic challenger Ellyn Jeager 52.55 percent to 47.45.
In the State House, incumbent Republican Rep. Chuck Martin held on to District 49. In the Alpharetta district, Martin won 54.25 percent of votes, while his challenger Krish Bralley took 45.75 percent.
Democrats Mary Robichaux in District 48 and Beth Moore in District 95 managed upsets of Republican incumbents. In Roswell’s District 48, the vote was decided by fewer than 200 votes, with Robichaux receiving 50.28 percent to Betty Price’s 49.72. In District 95, which includes Gwinnett County and part of Johns Creek, Moore garnered 51.38 percent of the vote, while Scott Hilton took 48.62 percent.
In open House races, Democrat Angelika Kausche edged out Republican Kelly Stewart in District 50, and Democrat Josh McLaurin defeated Alex Kaufman in District 51. The Johns Creek’s district now held by secretary of state candidate Brad Raffensperger saw Kausche win 50.67 percent of votes, while Stewart took 49.33 percent. In District 51, which mostly covers Sandy Springs, McLaurin earned 51.49 percent of the vote to Kaufman’s 48.51 percent.
Across Johns Creek, voter turnout was 65.67 percent, compared with 60.75 percent statewide. The busiest precinct was Shakerag Elementary School with 3,197 votes cast, while the precinct with the highest turnout was Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, with 73.33 percent of registered voters casting ballots.
In Johns Creek, 12,585 more votes were cast than in the 2014 midterms, when turnout was 49.78 percent in the city and 50.03 percent statewide.