Lucy McBath, a Georgia gun control activist who lost her son to gun violence, has beaten out incumbent Republican Representative Karen Handel in the race for the state’s 6th Congressional District. Handel conceded the race in a Facebook post on early Thursday morning, writing that she wanted to send her Democratic opponent her best wishes as she assumes her new congressional duties.
“After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” wrote Handel. “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 won praise for her victory from Hillary Clinton, who posted on Twitter to congratulate her.
Congratulations to Lucy McBath for winning her race for Georgia's sixth congressional district. Lucy entered public life after her son, Jordan, was shot and killed. Now, she's brought her voice to Congress in the fight to prevent gun violence. Onward, Lucy!
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 8, 2018
Speaking to CNN following her win in the Democratic primary earlier this year, Mcbath said she had been inspired to run for office by the political activism of the high school students who survived the infamous Parkland, Florida school shooting. In wake of the massacre, students such as Emma Gonzalez had called on politicians to reject “blood money” from the NRA and finally actually do something to limit access to machine guns and assault rifles. McBath lost her own, Jordan Davis, to gun violence in 2012 following a dispute over loud music.
“I’m still a mother. I’m still parenting. That’s why I believed this was the time to stand up,” said McBath. “For me, I was looking beyond my own tragedy, looking for the other tragedies that were most definitely going to happen if I didn’t keep talking about this crisis.”
Below, watch McBath talking about how critical it is to get out and vote.
— Natasha S. Alford 🇺🇸+🇵🇷✊🏾👩🏾💻🎥 (@NatashaSAlford) November 8, 2018
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