Incumbent Republicans Buddy Carter and Austin Scott have both rolled to victory as each bids for another term Congress.
Carter, seeking his fourth term representing the 1st District along Georgia’s coast, defeated Republican challengers Danny Merritt and Ken Yasger. Carter, a pharmacist, served as a state lawmaker and former mayor of the Savannah suburb of Pooler before he was first elected to Congress in 2014. Carter argued his record justified another term, while Merritt ran on his qualifications as an Army veteran and small business owner. Carter will face the winner of the Democratic primary in November. The district includes all or part of 17 counties from Savannah to St. Mary’s and Valdosta.
Scott, seeking his sixth term representing the 8th District in middle and south Georgia, easily defeated Army veteran and self-described “progressive Republican” Daniel Ellyson and business owner and party activist Robert Vance Dean in a GOP primary. In November, Scott will face Democrat Lindsey Holliday and Green Party member Jimmy Cooper in the district, which covers all or part of 24 counties stretching from Macon to the Florida line.
In eastern Georgia’s 10th District, 2018 nominee Tabitha Johnson-Green has beaten government worker Andrew Ferguson in the Democratic primary and will again face incumbent Republican Jody Hice. Johnson-Green, a nurse who owns a medical transport company, ran on creating a universal national health care program and reducing the number of people in prison. Ferguson ran on protecting women’s rights and enhancing health care.
Hice, who was unopposed Tuesday, is seeking his fourth term in the district, which includes 25 counties stretching east from metro Atlanta to South Carolina.
In Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, Liz Johnson, 2018′s Democratic nominee for state insurance commissioner, defeated retired attorney Dan Steiner for the Democratic nomination. Johnson will face incumbent Republican Rick Allen, who is seeking his fourth term, and independent Donald Keller. The district includes all or part of 19 counties from Augusta south toward Savannah.
Civil rights leader and 17-term representative John Lewis has also routed Barrington Martin II in the Democratic primary in Atlanta’s 5th District.
Here are the latest results from the Georgia Primary for the U.S. House held on June 9, 2020:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.