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

Malware disables Georgia Agriculture Department website
Malware disables Georgia Agriculture Department website

Someone infected the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s computer network with malware this week, bringing down the agency’s websites and seeking to extort a ransom payment, according to the department. The department remained offline Friday, the third day since malware spread throughout its network, spokesman Alec Asbridge said. An email...
How high-speed internet could be extended across Georgia
How high-speed internet could be extended across Georgia

A plan to bring high-speed internet to rural Georgia combines state funding and lower costs for broadband providers. Connecting internet across the state is a priority for lawmakers who see it as a key component for recruiting jobs and residents to rural areas. About 16 percent of Georgians lack access to high-speed internet service. The...
Georgia lawmakers want to pay you to move to the country
Georgia lawmakers want to pay you to move to the country

Georgia legislators are considering giving generous tax breaks to individuals and families who move to rural areas. The combination of state income tax incentives and local property tax discounts could be worth tens of thousands of dollars over the years for anyone who chooses country living. The relocation payments are meant to repopulate rural...
Republicans say they have a deal on tax bill
Republicans say they have a deal on tax bill

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans reached an agreement, in principle, on a consensus tax bill Wednesday, keeping the party on track for final votes next week with the aim of delivering a bill to President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas, according to people briefed on the deal. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the majority whip, told...
Trump sends tweet about female senator that critics say is sexually suggestive, demeaning
Trump sends tweet about female senator that critics say is sexually suggestive, demeaning

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting an immediate backlash. "Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office...
More Stories