ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Rep. Austin Scott cruised to victory in middle and south Georgia’s 8th Congressional District, winning his sixth term.
He easily defeated Democrat Lindsey Holliday and write-in Green Party member Jimmy Cooper.
Scott, a loyal defender of President Donald Trump, has focused many of his efforts on the interests of his district, including agriculture, rural hospitals and supporting military bases.
Holliday, a Macon dentist and environmental activist, eschewed campaign contributions, arguing Trump was a danger to democracy and that the federal government’s top priority had to be combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
The district covers all or part of 24 counties stretching from Macon to the Florida line. 3RD DISTRICT
Republican Rep. Drew Ferguson defeated Democrat Val Almonord to win his third term in the U.S. House representing west-central Georgia.
Ferguson is a dentist who was mayor of West Point before going to Congress. He has touted his work to increase internet access and improve business competitiveness.
Almonord is a retired physician and longtime Democratic party activist in Columbus. He argued for a new approach including expanding health care, more COVID-19 relief and job creation and policies to reduce gender inequality.
Ferguson raised more than $1.8 million in the cycle, while Almonord raised less than 1% of that total.
The district includes all or parts of 13 counties running from the southern suburbs of Atlanta south to Columbus and west to Carrollton.
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