Two area congressmen won big Tuesday night in the 2nd and 3rd Congressional District races.
With 100 percent of votes counted but not official, Democrat Sanford Bishop Jr. defeated Republican Herman West Jr. by 135,707, or 60 percent of the vote, to 92,132, or 42 percent, in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes parts of Columbus and Fort Benning. Bishop, who lives in Albany but spends much of his time in Columbus, won his 14 term in Congress.
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Republican Drew Ferguson, former mayor of West Point, won by nearly a 2-to-1 margin over Democrat Chuck Enderlin with 191,700, or 66 percent, of the vote to 100,733, or 34 percent. Ferguson won his second two-year term in the 3rd Congressional District.
In the Senate District 29 race with all votes tallied, Republican Randy Robertson trounced Democrat Valerie Haskins with 44,045, or 63 percent, to 25,802, or 37 percent, of the vote. Robertson retired as a major from the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.
Democrats took control of the House late Tuesday, a move that will place Ferguson in the minority. Bishop could be in line for a key leadership position with is seniority.
Muscogee County had a turnout of 56 percent of registered voters but fell below the statewide average of 60.8 percent.