It was a close race, but Lucy McBath, one of the Mothers of the Movement, will be the representative of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District..
Her opponent, Republican Karen Handel, the current sitting representative, conceded on Thursday morning, congratulating McBath on her win.
“After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday. Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her,” Handel wrote in a letter released to WSBTV.
Handel has been representing the 6th District since last year when she won a special election to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price
McBath will now be one of the hundreds of women sitting in Congress, and will also be a part of the new-Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
McBath is not a seasoned politician, but was thrust into politics after her son, Jordan Davis was murdered back in 2012 over loud music. She naturally ran on a platform heavily aligned with gun control, and anti gun violence.
It was a close race in the normally ruby-red Georgia, with McBath leading by less than 3,000 votes. Still the confident mom declared victory by Wednesday.
“The voters responded to my commitment to put aside partisan fights for the good of the American people,” McBath wrote in declaring her victory. “Six years ago, I went from a Marietta mom to a mother on a mission. After my son was lost to gun violence, I stood up and started demanding more. After Parkland, I was compelled to enter this race for Congress – to provide leadership that would be about the business of putting lives over profit. I vow to make that my top priority.”