Republican Rep. Karen Handel conceded to Democratic challenger Lucy McBath in Georgia’s tight 6th District election on Thursday.
In a tweeted statement, Handel said “it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday.” She congratulated McBath and said that “I send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her.”
Handel’s concession adds another expected seat pickup for Democrats, who are projected to comfortably win control of the House after Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Handel won the seat last year after Tom Price was tapped to be secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump administration. Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich held the seat for 20 years, after succeeding Jack Flynt, the last Democrat to represent the district, in 1979.
The district drew national attention – and a flood of campaign money from both sides – in a widely watched special election in 2017.
With some $8.4 million in campaign funds, Handel outspent McBath by 5 to 1. The race also drew $3 million more in outside spending.
The district went for Trump in 2016 by a slim 1.5-point margin after heavily supporting Republicans Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008 by double digits.
The median household income in 2017 was slightly less than the median for all districts, and the median age, at 44, is slightly older.