The Democrats triumphed in one of Georgia's closest congressional events on Thursday after Republican Republican Karen Handel admitted the anti-gun violence attorney Lucy McBath.
Handel, who won his suburban place in Atlanta last year in a special election, wrote on Facebook that "it arrived a little late" in Tuesday's rehearsals.
"Congratulations to Elected Representative Lucy McBath and I send you only good thoughts and many prayers for the journey that awaits you," wrote Handel.
McBath will arrive at the Congress as part of the new Democratic majority of the House. His victory marked the 29th party pick-up in the lower house, with several races still undecided, according to a Washington Post count.
McBath was a congressional candidate for the first time he jumped in the last minute, citing the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Which left 17 dead. She became an activist after her seventeen year old son was killed to death in 2012 by a man who had argued with the teenager and her loud music friends from their car.
Several politicians had moved the race in the sixth congressional district of Georgia from "republican leans" to "bust" over the weekend. The Associated Press reported that McBath earned 50.5 percent of the votes for 49.5 percent of Handel, with 100 percent of the declared positions.
Handel's brief stint in the House came after beating Democrat Jon Ossoff in the 2017 special elections to replace outgoing representative Tom Price (R-Ga.), Who left to become the first secretary of health and President Trump's human services.
The race attracted national attention as a referendum on Trump in a district that the Republicans had held since 1979.