Republican Rich McCormick has defeated Democratic opponent Bob Christian in a highly watched race for Georgia’s District 6 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
With all precincts reporting, McCormick received 206,718 votes, about 62.3% of the 332,087 votes in the race, and Christian earned 125,369, about 37.8%.
In Forsyth County, McCormick earned 72,409 votes, about 71.3% of the 101,623 votes in the county. Christian received 29,214 votes, about 28.8% of the total.
Following statewide redistricting efforts last year, Forsyth County was moved out of Georgia’s 7th and 9th Congressional districts and into District 6, which now includes Dawson County and parts of Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
“I am incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from voters throughout Georgia’s 6th District,” McCormick said in a Wednesday morning Facebook post. “I’ve spent my entire life in service to others and I am blessed with the opportunity to continue that service in Congress.”
“Turning that promise into reality begins now,” the presumptive representative-elect later added.
Christian, a Dawson County resident, called his campaign “a hell of a ride” in a Wednesday morning Facebook post and thanked the people “who made the last few months of my life such an incredible adventure.”
“I could not have done it without all of you,” the Democratic candidate said. “The work, dedication and support I have received has been humbling. I will never be able to say thank you as much as you deserve.”