With a majority of counties reporting, it appears incumbent Rep. Lynn Westmoreland will easily defeat the first opponents he has faced in his eight-year Congressional career to maintain representation of Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District.
“We feel real blessed that the people we try to represent the best we can over the last eight years realize we’ve been working hard for them,” Westmoreland said by phone from Coweta County. “To win with that kind of a margin is humbling.”
While Westmoreland appears to be headed back to Washington, the Republican challenger for Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop in the Georgia 2nd District has not been set.
In the Republican primary for the Democratic-leaning district, there appears to be a runoff between John House and Rick Allen, both of Columbus.
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“If it’s a run off, it’s a run off,” said House, “and I plan to continue to charge ahead.”
And while Allen said he’d rather have won outright, “I’m happy to be in the position I’m in. We’re excited,” he said.
Results were incomplete, but House and Allen appear to have outdistanced Ken DeLoach of Warner Robins.
Westmoreland served 12 years in the Georgia House; he has been in the U.S. House since 2005 and serves on the House Financial and Select Committee on Intelligence.
Both opponents tried unsuccessfully to attack Westmoreland to the right, where he has built a reputation as a staunch conservative in congress.
Chip Flanegan, a Jonesboro businessman, had no previous political experience, while Kent Kingsley, a retired Army Infantry lieutenant colonel from Lamar County, had served on the Republican Party state committee.