With all counties reporting, the unofficial tally shows John House took 55 percent of the vote in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District.
He will face Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop in the Nov. 6 general election.
House had 2,697 votes to Rick Allen’s 2,211, according to the Georgia Secretary of State.
“There’s still a lot of work to do,” House said. “I got into this race to bring better representation to the people of the 2nd District and to replace Sanford Bishop. What I really want to do now is sort out how to make that happen, connect with the rest of the voters and then move ahead starting tomorrow.”
The runoff was a switch from the July 31 primary, in which Allen led with 11,312 votes, or 41.94 percent. House had 8,614, or 31.94 percent. Ken DeLoach ran third with 7,043 votes, or 26.12 percent.
House, 58, who lives in Midland, is a Columbus native who spent 26 years in the Army, serving in the first Gulf War with the 24th Infantry Division when it was active and based in Fort Stewart, Ga. During the 1991 war, the division won acclaim for its broad sweep through the Iraqi desert, flanking enemy forces occupying Kuwait. As an artilleryman and battalion operations officer, House during this maneuver was tasked with positioning cannons to fire in support of advancing U.S. forces, he said. House then was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment. He also has served with the 82nd Airborne Division, his first assignment, he said.
Besides running a defense-consulting business, House since retirement has taught college courses part time for Columbus State University and other institutions.
House and his wife, Marilyn, have four grown daughters, the youngest twins graduated at the top of the Columbus High School Class of 2006, where their father was valedictorian in 1971. Besides a doctorate in public administration from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Ariz., House said he has a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and four master’s degrees, one in business from Auburn, another in history from the University of Kansas, a third in military art and science from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the fourth in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College at Newport, R.I.
Allen, 61, who lives in Upatoi, for 34 years has run the wholesale medical supply company Vita-Rx Corp., which he founded. He graduated from Hialeah High School in Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.