State Senator Buddy Carter warded off Bob Johnson in Tuesday’s runoff, ending a bruising clash between Republicans hoping to succeed Rep. Jack Kingston in Congress.
He took just shy of 54 percent of the vote to his rival’s 45.68 share.
Carter claimed a clear plurality in the May 20th primary, leading all of his rivals by double-digits, but still fell well short of the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.
The race grew heated over the course of the nine-week runoff, with each campaign berating the other with attack ads. Club for Growth put over $350,000 behind an ad that sought to brand Carter as a “liberal.”
Other national conservative groups weighed in on the contest, too. Johnson had the backing of FreedomWorks, Senate Conservatives Fund, and others. Carter countered with endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the NRA.