A gun control activist whose son was shot down six years ago toppled a long-standing Republican congressional seat outside Atlanta, highlighting the strength of Democrats in the suburbs and consolidating the party's victory at home.
Lucy McBath, the first 58-year-old congressional candidate, was launched late in the race against Republican Karen Handel in the 6th Georgian congressional district. Winner with 50.5% of the vote, McBath will join the new majority of the Democratic Parliament of a district formerly owned by former president, Newt Gingrich (R).
"Ninety-eight Americans are dying every day of armed violence," McBath said in a statement. "To all the survivors of this country, I am at your side. To all Americans concerned about the safety of their families – I pledge to fight as hard as possible for you and your family. "
The race was called the same day, another mass shot in California pushed back the debate on guns.
McBath's victory came after a series of Democratic victories on Tuesday night that allowed the party to take over the leadership of the House starting in January. His race had been too tight, like a dozen home runs that remained undecided on Thursday.
Democrat Kim Schrier was also declared the winner in the 8th district of Washington, beating Republican Dino Rossi to replace outgoing representative Dave Reichert (R).
From California to Maine, election officials continued to slow the counting of ballots in House ballots where Republicans defended seats. The Democrats, who won at least 30 seats, had to win five or six of the most outstanding races.
Several races in the Senate and Governor were also unresolved two days after the election.
In Florida, the results of the Senate and Governor races appeared in doubt. In Georgia, Republican incumbent governor Brian Kemp claimed victory ahead of an official call in his race against Democrat Stacey Abrams, whose campaign uncovered reports of irregularities in the votes. In Florida, a Republican took the lead after a tense Senate race, while in the Arizona Senate race the Democrat took the lead, but there were still many ballots left.
Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press had not organized five home runs in California, although a trailing Republican candidate conceded one.
Representative Jeff Denham (right) led Democrat Josh Harder with about 1,200 votes in the 10th district, while Republican Young Kim had a 3,800-vote lead over Democrat Gil Cisneros in the 39th district. Representative Mimi Walters (R) led Democrat Katie Porter with about 6,000 votes in the 45th district, and Democrat Harley Rouda led Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R) with about 3,600 votes in the 48th district.
Representative Steve Knight (right) conceded the race to Democrat Katie Hill in the 25th district, a long-standing Republican stronghold.
Based on past elections, it was possible that the count of votes would not be completed until next week or even later.
In the 4th district of Utah, Republican Mia Love was ahead of Democrat Ben McAdams by about 6,700 votes. In the 3rd District of New Jersey, Republican Representative Tom MacArthur led Democrat Andy Kim by about 2,600 votes. In the 22nd district of New York, Democrat Anthony Brindisi led the Republican Republic Claudia Tenney to nearly 1,200 votes. And in the 9th district of North Carolina, Republican Mark Harris led Democrat Dan McCready with about 1,800 votes.
Republicans seemed to hang on to several competitive seats.
In the 27th district of New York, Representative Chris Collins (right), who is facing federal indictment, led Democratic Nate McMurray with about 2,900 votes. In the second district of Maine, Rep. Bruce Poliquin led Democrat Jared Golden with about 1,900 votes. And in Texas, Rep. Will Hurd led Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones by about 1,100 votes.
Handel, who lost to McBath with about 2,900 votes, conceded the race as national news focused on a shootout at a country bar in Thousand Oaks, California. An armed man killed 12 people and apparently himself on Wednesday night.
As Democrats again vowed to fight for "bipartite and sensual solutions" to prevent gun violence, McBath spoke of his political victory in light of the killings.
"It is unfortunately not surprising that the same day that I formally became a member of Congress, other families in this country receive exactly the same call as the one I had received six times ago. years, when I learned that my son had been murdered, "she said. A declaration.
"As a member of Congress, but especially as a mother, I pledge to do everything in our power to make our communities safer. The most important title I'm going to hold is Jordan's mother – and that's what keeps me going. Knowing for myself the deep pain of losing a loved one because of gun violence has pushed me to get up, "she said.
McBath became an activist after her 17-year-old son, Jordan, was shot dead in 2012 by a man who had quarreled with the teenager and his friends about music from their home. car. She declared her candidacy after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Which killed 17 people.
The history of his district, held by Republicans since 1979, earned him a particularly significant victory for Democrats. In addition to being represented by Gingrich, he then elected Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.), Who left the House of Commons in 2017 to become President Trump's first Secretary of Health and Social Services.
Handel's race for Price's place in the Democratic filmmaker Jon Ossoff drew the country's attention as the first election to the Special Chamber after Trump's victory and became the backbone of the emerging "resistance" movement. who hoped to demonstrate his power in getting red district blue.
Ossoff lost the race, although the Democrats said his campaign laid the foundation for McBath's victory.