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: