Price defeats Lamutt and becomes Congressman from Georgia?s 6th District

State Senator Tom Price defeated his fellow Senator Robert Lamutt in yesterday?s runoff.  Price will face no general election opposition, assuring his position as Georgia?s newest Congressman.  Price, a doctor, is an outspoken proponent of tort reform and will likely continue to work passionately on this issue in Washington.

Although Lamutt finished second behind Price in the general primary election on July 20, 2004, many felt he would come out on top in the runoff.  Geography was Lamutt greatest ally.  The district, currently represented by Congressman Johnny Isakson, includes three counties--Cobb, Fulton and Cherokee.  Lamutt was relying on his base of support in Cobb, which makes up 60% of the district, to turn out and vote for him.  In his concession, he admitted that the voters just did not turn out in Cobb County as he had hoped.  

In the end, Lamutt won Cobb County, but not by a wide enough margin to make up for Price?s stronghold in Fulton, which voted for him by almost 80%.
In the 8th Congressional Race Westmoreland Defeats Glenn

State Representative Lynn Westmoreland defeated his opponent Dylan Glenn in the 8th Congressional Republican primary by ten percentage points.  The race will likely be remembered for turning very negative in the days before the election.  If elected, Glenn would have become the only African American Republican in Congress, causing many members of the national Republican Party to take a special interest in the race.  Glenn, a former advisor to President Bush and Governor Sonny Perdue, is just 35.  Look for his return to Georgia politics very soon.  
Congresswoman Majette Defeats Novice Oxford
Will Face Isakson for U.S. Senate

U.S. Representative Denise Majette handily defeated her Democratic challenger?Cliff Oxford?in yesterday?s runoff.  After the Georgia Democratic Party had difficulty recruiting a high profile candidate, both Majette and Oxford entered the race, rounding out a field of eight.  Oxford, who comes from humble beginnings in South Georgia, has, at age 41, amassed a multi-million dollar fortune.  He spent over $1.5 million of that money in this race.  Majette, who previously was best known for defeating Representative Cynthia McKinney in 2002, is a former judge and has only two years of legislative experience.

It is widely expected that Majette will have a very difficult time gaining traction against her well-financed and seasoned Republican opponent, Congressman Johnny Isakson in November?s general election.  Most political insiders agree, barring a major blunder by Isakson, Georgia will represented by two Republican U.S. Senators in Washington.        
Charles Bannister Likely to Become Next Gwinnett County Chair

In what many consider a huge upset, State Representative Charles Bannister was able to defeat incumbent Wayne Hill to win the Republican nomination for Gwinnet County Chairman.  Bannister who narrowly found himself in the runoff was able to consolidate the anti-incumbent vote.  With all votes cast, Bannister came out on top by six percentage points.  Bannister will face Democrat Jamil Imran in November and is expected to win in the heavily Republican county.  
Jones Defeats Maddox for Senate Seat

Toyota dealership owner Emanuel Jones defeated his opponent State Representative George Maddox for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 10.  With 98% of the votes counted, Jones has 57% compared to 43% for Maddox. There is no Republican in the race, so Jones is assured to take his seat in the State Senate in January.
Incumbent Representative Michele Henson (D-Stone Mountain) Wins Democratic Nomination

Representative Michele Henson, former Vice Chair of the Insurance Committee in the House, defeated Gloria Gaines in the Democratic runoff for House District 87.  Henson received 58 percent of the vote compared to 42 percent for Gaines.   Henson will face independent candidate Jash Perry in November.
Other Legislative Races

? State Representative John Noel was defeated in the Democratic primary.  Noel could not consolidate the support he received in 2002 when he defeated Representative Billy McKinney.

? Representative Bill Heath won the Republican runoff for Senate District 31 and will face Democrat Lester Tate in November.  Heath is best known for defeating longtime Democratic House Speaker Tom Murphy.
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