The Republican Party did not spend any money to assist West. Both its campaign arm for U.S. House races and a political committee controlled by GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy stayed out of the race, focusing spending instead on other toss-up districts considered more winnable.
The other incumbents winning reelection included Republican U.S. Reps. Rick Allen, Barry Loudermilk, Austin Scott, Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, Andrew Clyde and Marjorie Taylor Greene and Democrats David Scott, Hank Johnson and Nikema Williams.
Greene easily won a second term in office after defeating Democrat Marcus Flowers. Although the northwest Georgia seat was always deemed a safe one for Republicans, millions of dollars poured in from across the nation in hopes of influencing the race.
Highlighting Greene’s many controversies and problematic statements, Flowers raised $15.6 million compared to her $12 million. The Northwest Georgia 14th Congressional District race arguably became the most expensive U.S. House contest in the nation.
U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath is currently the representative in Georgia’s 6th District in metro Atlanta. But during redistricting her seat was drawn in a way that made it Republican-leaning.
So McBath decided to run in the neighboring 7th District instead, setting up a Democratic primary against fellow incumbent Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux that McBath won. In the general election, she defeated Republican Mark Gonsalves.
McBath posted a tribute to her late son who was killed in a shooting, Jordan Davis, to commemorate her reelection.
“This fight is for you,” she wrote on Twitter. “It is for all the children we have lost, and the families who will never be the same. To everyone who has joined this mom on a mission, thank you. The fight to save our children must continue.”
Two Republicans who won open seats Tuesday night will also be joining the state’s delegation: Mike Collins and Rich McCormick.
McCormick defeated Democrat Bob Christian in the 6th District. McCormick, an emergency room doctor who lives in Suwanee, said he plans to put his health care and military experience at the forefront of his tenure in Washington.
Collins is a trucking company owner. He won in Georgia’s 10th District after the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, decided to run for Georgia Secretary of State instead of seeking another term in Congress. Collins’ father is former U.S. Rep. Mac Collins. Hice lost his secretary of state bid in the Republican primary.