Meagan Hanson, a Republican attorney, won a tight election Tuesday against Democratic Rep. Taylor Bennett for a Georgia House of Representatives seat.
Hanson’s victory regains House District 80 for Republicans after Bennett, an attorney and former Georgia Tech quarterback, had won it in a special election last year. The district includes Brookhaven, Chamblee and Sandy Springs in DeKalb and Fulton counties.
Bennett lost Tuesday’s election by about 1 percentage point.
Bennett had defeated former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, a Republican, for the seat in August 2015 after the district’s previous representative, Mike Jacobs, became a DeKalb State Court judge.
The Republican-leaning district flipped parties again in Tuesday’s higher-turnout general election.
Hanson had won a Republican primary against Alan Cole in an election last July.
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