In the new State House District 117, three-term incumbent (and newly-minted Republican) Doug McKillip is facing a primary challenge built around doubt of his conservative credentials and beliefs. During this year’s session of the Georgia General Assembly, he drew quite a bit of attention for sponsoring the bill, since signed by Governor Nathan Deal, that has provided the toughest anti-abortion laws ever seen in Georgia. Today, the most prominent prolife group in the state formally endorsed his campaign.

Per a news release by Georgia Right to Life:

“As a candidate who has demonstrated a willingness to stand for the sanctity of life, we are especially pleased to commend Rep. Doug McKillip and look forward to working with him during the next session in the General Assembly,”

McKillip’s opponent, Athens attorney Regina Quick, derided McKillip as a “charlatan” with an interest only in himself. Time will tell if the Republicans in the 117th agree.

–Brandon Howell