Democrats in Georgia broke the Republican Party’s two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate after Democratic candidate Jen Jordan won Tuesday’s special election for a Republican-held seat.
Jordan, a lawyer, defeated fellow Democrat Jaha Howard, a pediatric dentist, in a runoff election for Georgia’s 6th state Senate district Tuesday night with 10,681 votes (64 percent) against Howard’s 6,017 votes (36 percent).
All five GOP candidates who ran in the initial election failed to make it to the runoff election, according to the Cobb County Courier.
Jordan will take the seat vacated in August by Republican Hunter Hill, who resigned to run for Georgia Governor.
The district includes some of the wealthiest communities in Atlanta, including parts of Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Buckhead and Sandy Springs.
The Hill reports:
Jordan and Howard were the two candidates to win the most votes in an initial election on Nov. 7, but neither managed to take a majority, sending them to a runoff.
Republicans still hold a significant majority in the state Senate, though with Jordan’s victory on Tuesday they no longer hold the super majority in the chamber that they once did.