The idea that ex-US Rep. Karen Handel (R), a former Secretary of State and Georgia gubernatorial candidate, would get a free ride for a re-match nomination against Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Marietta) is now an official pipe dream. After state Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) declared his candidacy even before Ms. Handel decided to run, we now see a Navy and Merchant Marine veteran coming forth. Yesterday, Nicole Rodden, who will be a first-time candidate, made public her intention to run.
Ms. McBath unseated then-Rep. Handel, by one percentage point, or 3,264 votes from more than 317,000 ballots cast. We can now expect a competitive Republican primary to ensue as well as a tough general election contest.
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