Next Story

Kirkpatrick wins runoff for Georgia’s Senate District 32

Election results: Kay Kirkpatrick wins Georgia state Senate runoff


Republican Kay Kirkpatrick cruised to a win Tuesday night against Democrat Christine Triebsch, according to unofficial results in a runoff to represent parts of Cobb and Fulton counties in the state Senate.

The outcome was cheered by Republicans, who hope Kirkpatrick’s success foreshadows a win for GOP congressional candidate Karen Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff next month in a hotly contested 6th District runoff election.

Democrats, meanwhile, applauded Triebsch’s upstart campaign, which came almost nine years after the party had last fielded a candidate for the state Senate District 32 seat.

Kirkpatrick garnered about 57 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns. Triebsch took about 43 percent. Results are expected to be certified next week.

While the seat has been held by a Republican since 1995, the race had appeared surprisingly competitive after Triebsch topped an eight-candidate field in an April 18 special election. The finish seemed to surprise even Triebsch, who led the field last month with 24.2 percent of the vote, narrowly edging Kirkpatrick, who came in at 21.1 percent.

Triebsch ran after being deeply affected by the presidential election, tapping into the grassroots energy among liberals who have opposed President Donald Trump.

Kirkpatrick ran a far more traditional campaign, steering clear of Trump and instead focusing on issues such as the Fair Tax and the repeal and replacement of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Longtime state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, who held the seat since 2005, resigned earlier this year to run for Congress. He came in fourth in the 6th District vote on April 18, missing the June 20 runoff.


Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Georgia Politics

Georgia Rep. Betty Price responds to critics on HIV quarantine query
Georgia Rep. Betty Price responds to critics on HIV quarantine query

Georgia Rep. Betty Price said her comments on people with HIV that ignited a national firestorm this week were “taken completely out of context.” Price, the wife of former U.S. health secretary Tom Price, was in a study committee Tuesday when she asked a state health official whether people with HIV could legally be quarantined. Price said...
Five seek to replace Vincent Fort in state Senate
Five seek to replace Vincent Fort in state Senate

For 20 years, Democratic state Sen. Vincent Fort represented the residents of the state’s 39th Senate District. Now, five candidates are vying for the seat Fort left vacant in August when he signed up to run for Atlanta mayor. Four Democrats and one Republican hope to represent the predominately black district that stretches from Buckhead...
Georgia lawmaker’s suggestion of HIV ‘quarantine’ sparks furor
Georgia lawmaker’s suggestion of HIV ‘quarantine’ sparks furor

State Rep. Betty Price, working with a legislative committee studying access to healthcare, asked a state official this week if there was a legal way to quarantine people with HIV. Price, R-Roswell, is a physician and the wife of Tom Price, who recently resigned as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Her questions came during a presentation...
Atlanta mayoral candidates tap city vendors, businesses for donations
Atlanta mayoral candidates tap city vendors, businesses for donations

The federal investigation into pay-to-play contracting at Atlanta City Hall hasn’t shut down the steady flow of cash from city vendors to the campaign accounts of people trying to succeed Kasim Reed and become the city’s 60th mayor. Companies and individuals with a stake in city business have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to...
State Rep. Betty Price suggests ‘quarantine’ for HIV patients
State Rep. Betty Price suggests ‘quarantine’ for HIV patients

Georgia Rep. Betty Price, R-Roswell, in a study committee this week asked if the government could “quarantine” people with HIV. Price is married to Tom Price, who recently resigned as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Her comments came in a discussion of the spread of HIV and disparities in care within the state. The committee...
More Stories