GOP Rep. Karen Handel Concedes, Lucy McBath Officially Wins Georgia 6th

attends the Build Series to discuss  at Build Studio on September 12, 2018 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Lucia Kay McBath attends the Build Series to discuss "Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence - A Mother's Story" at Build Studio on September 12, 2018 in New York Ci... NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Lucia Kay McBath attends the Build Series to discuss "Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence - A Mother's Story" at Build Studio on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 8, 2018 8:36 a.m.

Incumbent Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) officially conceded Thursday morning, making first-time candidate Lucy McBath the congresswoman-elect for Georgia’s 6th District.

“After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and I send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her.”

McBath’s victory is an upset, after Handel defeated Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a closely watched special election in 2017.

McBath got into politics because her teenage black son was shot and killed in 2012 by a white man angered by the volume of his music.

Read Handel’s full concession here:

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