When Lucy McBath’s son, Jordan, was shot and killed at a gas station in 2014, she vowed to make a change. Four years later, McBath is heading to the House of Representatives after defeating Republican incumbent Karen Handel by less than 3,000 votes in a historically Republican Georgia district.
Because the race was so close, McBath announced her victory on Thursday morning. She will now represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District which has maintained Republican representation since 1979 when Newt Gingrich took office.
“This win is just the beginning,” McBath said on Twitter Thursday. “We’ve sent a strong message to the entire country. Absolutely nothing — no politician and no special interest — is more powerful than a mother on a mission.”
This win is just the beginning. We’ve sent a strong message to the entire country. Absolutely nothing – no politician & no special interest – is more powerful than a mother on a mission.
— Lucy McBath (@LucyWins2018) November 8, 2018
Rep. Handel conceded to her Democratic opponent Thursday. “It is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” she said in a social media post.
After carefully reviewing all of the election results, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday. Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath & I send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her.
— Karen Handel (@karenhandel) November 8, 2018
Since her son’s death, McBath has been a stark advocate against gun violence. She worked with Hillary Clinton and mothers who lost their children to gun violence to advocate for stricter gun laws, including ending the controversial stand your ground laws.
Clinton congratulated McBath on her victory Thursday. “Lucy entered public life after her son, Jordan, was shot and killed,” Clinton tweeted. “Now, she’s brought her voice to Congress in the fight to prevent gun violence. Onward, Lucy!”
McBath ensured her son’s story was the center of her campaign. An ad she released in September plays the audio clip of her son being shot.
Watch McBath’s campaign ad below:
I never planned to run for office. After my son Jordan was shot and killed, my life completely changed. This is my story — please share it far and wide, and join me on this journey.
— With Love,
— Lucy McBath (@LucyWins2018) September 12, 2018
McBath’s victory in her Georgia district comes as the state is still tallying up the final results for its gubernatorial election, where Democrat Stacey Abrams is hoping to pull ahead of Brain Kemp, who is currently in the lead. McBath’s victory is late, but according to the Washington Post, there are multiple House races still to be called.