Gun store owner Andrew Clyde decidedly wins Northeast Georgia 9th Congressional District election

Gun store owner Andrew Clyde decidedly wins Northeast Georgia 9th Congressional District election

Hide caption A voters picks up a, “I’m a Georgia Voter,” sticker after voting at Clarke Central High School in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald) Joshua L. Jones Gun store owner Andrew Clyde appeared notched a convincing win against his opponent Tuesday in the race for the vacant 9th Congressional District seat to keep Northeast Georgia in Republican control. Clyde, who fended off more well-known Republicans in the June primary, was poised early to claim the district seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who declined to seek reelection so he could run for the U.S. Senate. Clyde, who was running his first political campaign, was leading with nearly 80% of the vote just before midnight in Tuesday’s general election. He faced Democratic candidate Devin Pandy, an actor and U.S. Army veteran Devin Pandy, in a district stretching from Gainesville and Athens northeast to the South Carolina border. Clyde’s campaign touted hallmark Republican positions including protections for gun ownership, opposition to abortion and reducing government spending. He has also called for dismantling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in favor of a “FairTax” levy targeting consumption only. A U.S. Navy veteran, Clyde gained political exposure in recent years by pushing Congress to pass legislation limiting the IRS’s powers for civil asset forfeiture after the agency seized nearly $1 million from his gun store. Clyde credited the experience with inspiring him to run for office, saying in a debate last month that […]

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