Rich McCormick, an emergency room doctor and retired Marine, will win the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, CNN projects.
McCormick, who won a plurality of votes in the May 24 primary, faced attorney Jake Evans in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Atlanta metro district. While Evans had the benefit of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, he didn’t improve much on his 24% showing in the primary.
Meanwhile, McCormick had the support of others within the GOP, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, as well as PAC support for the Club for Growth. He was also the leading fundraiser in the field, raising more than $3 million and almost double what Evans raised.
Despite not having the support of the former president, McCormick ran as a MAGA-style conservative.
This is McCormick’s second run for Congress. In 2020, she lost a close race to Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bordeaux in the neighboring 7th Congressional District. After census-driven redistricting moved part of the old District 7 into the new District 6, McCormick launched her candidacy for the most Republican-friendly seat. (The current House member for the sixth, Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, defeated Bordeaux last month in a primary to represent the new seventh.)
The new district is heavily Republican, and McCormick is a clear favorite to win the seat in November.