‘To not do anything is a tragedy’: Mom who lost son to gun violence wins Democratic nomination in Georgia

'To not do anything is a tragedy': Mom who lost son to gun violence wins Democratic nomination in Georgia

Gun-control activist Lucy McBath, whose teenage son was shot and killed in 2012 by a stranger at a gas station, won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. "I am at a loss for words. Thank you to my supporters, friends & family. And I want to thank my dear Jordan, my rock & inspiration," McBath tweeted after the race was called. Her son, Jordan, was 17 when he was killed. I am at a loss for words. Thank you to my supporters, friends & family. And I want to thank my dear Jordan, my rock & inspiration. We deserve better representation in DC, and I intend to show the good people of #GA06 what a tough, determined mother can do. On to November! pic.twitter.com/OqXCbw53cu — Lucy McBath (@LucyWins2018) July 25, 2018 A former flight attendant and spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety, McBath decided to run for Congress in March, after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Over the course of her campaign, she received influential endorsements of several prominent Democrats, including Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. On Tuesday, she beat fellow Democrat Kevin Abel by about 2,000 votes in a runoff election after no candidate hit the 50 percent mark in the Democratic primary race in May. McBath will now face Republican Rep. Karen Handel in the general election. Turning from tragedy to politics If Georgia’s 6th district sounds familiar, that’s because a special election there last year was […]

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