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SOUTH FORSYTH — Rob Woodall retained his seat in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District for two more years Tuesday night, taking home 65.5 percent of the vote, or 113,260 votes, districtwide.
Woodall, a 44-year-old Republican from Gwinnett County who has held the District 7 House seat since 2011, beat out Democrat Thomas Wight, who pulled in 34.5 percent, or 59,740 votes.
The district covers south Forsyth and a large part of Gwinnett.
“It’s always humbling to be given the trust of your neighbors, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of their support,” Woodall said in a statement after his margin concluded his win.
The incumbent carried a hefty margin in Forsyth, with 82.5 percent of the total votes, or 32,935. He was victorious at all 11 precincts of the county that fall in his district.
That left Wight with only the remaining 17.5 percent, or 6,997, of the votes in Forsyth.
“The 7th District is a remarkable place, and I’m committed to working on its behalf in Washington,” Woodall said.
“While there is still a great deal of work to be done, Election Day serves as a wonderful reminder to all of us that the American people still run this show.”
Moving forward, he said, “we have passed hundreds of common-sense bills in the House with 90 percent support or greater. These bills will make a difference in the lives of Americans, and job one is to move those bills to the Senate, and then move them to the President’s desk to get the legislative process working again.”