Collins was endorsed by Kemp.
Despite having Trump’s backing and sticking to conservative talking points on issues like gun rights, limiting access to abortion and strengthening the border, Jones was always a long shot in the 10th District contest.
He had few previous ties to the district, moving to Madison after launching his campaign. And his history as a former Democratic elected official who supported liberal causes, including abortion rights followed him to this contest that hinged greatly on proving conservative credentials.
The contest grew bitter during the runoff, with mudslinging between the candidates and voters receiving robocalls that lacked the required disclaimers to know who is behind them.
Because the seat leans so conservatively, Collins is expected to win the general election easily. The district includes all or parts of 18 counties in east-central Georgia.
The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Jody Hice. Instead of seeking another term, he ran as a Trump-endorsed candidate for secretary of state but lost in the primary to incumbent Brad Raffensperger.