Lucy McBath has declared victory over Karen Handel in an extremely tight race to represent Georgia's 6th District in the U.S. Congress, triumphing by mere percentage points. The race has not been called also a recount was on Wednesday. The district had been Republican-controlled since 1979, and Democrat McBath - a former flight attendant turned gun reform activist - is the primary challenger to reverse it blue.
McBath combined the movement against gun violence after her 17-year-old son Jordan was gunned down in 2012 by a white guy for playing loud music in his vehicle. She's a national spokesperson for Everytown and Moms Demand Action, also founded an education organization known as Champions in the Making Legacy Foundation. McBath wants to expand Medicaid in Georgia and has been critical of Republican tax cuts for corporations and the rich.
"This [effort ] has been my therapy," McBath advised Refinery29 earlier this season. "It has been the best therapy in the world for me personally because it makes me feel like Jordan did not die in vain, because we could alter the culture he died under."
Handel, who ran the most expensive House race ever when she defeated Jon Ossoff from the district's special election last year, has an A rating from the NRA's Political Victory fund. She has voted for Republican tax reform, also has stated,"It's a myth that taxation reform only rewards the rich."