Chris West defeats Jeremy Hunt in the Georgia Congressional runoff

Thomasville attorney Chris West won the Republican nomination in Georgia’s 2nd congressional district, defeating former U.S. Army captain and Yale law student Jeremy Hunt in the runoff election. Tuesday.

With an estimated 98% of the vote, West leads Hunt 14,608-13,853. Hunt conceded just before 10:20 pm but did not mention West by name in his speech.

“We are all inside. We are going to support the Republican candidate,” Hunt told his supporters at his election night event in Columbus. “Let’s move on”.

West, 38, won despite finishing second in the May primary and being outscored by Hunt almost 10-1.

Hunt, 28, finished first in the May primary with 37% of the total votes cast and was the favorite candidate of several national Republican politicians, supported by US Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, former ambassador to the UN and governor of South Carolina. Nikki Haley and Republican agent Karl Rove.

Hunt’s campaign raised the most money in the primary and the runoff, buoyed by outside PAC spending that surged in the weeks leading up to the runoff. Two PACs, American Patriots PAC and American Values ​​First, have spent more than $1.4 million on Hunt’s campaign since early May with more than $623,000 coming since June 11, according to raw reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

As of June 1, Hunt’s campaign raised just over $721,000 and West raised over $232,000.

West, who has been involved in the Georgia Republican Party since 2004, is also an officer in the Georgia Air National Guard. He managed to secure the endorsement of three of his Republican opponents in May: Vivan Childs, Paul Whitehead and Wayne Johnson.

Days before the runoff, Johnson filed a civil racketeering lawsuit against Hunt, Fox News and Fox host Brian Kilmeade.

West is running against Democrat Sanford Bishop, an incumbent who has represented the region for nearly three decades. The race will be Georgia’s closest congressional election in November.

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