Jordan wins Senate seat for Democrats

[private]Democrats officially flipped another legislative seat Tuesday as attorney Jen Jordan defeated pediatric dentist Jaha Howard to win in Senate District 6.

With all of the precincts reporting, Jordan had a 64-36 percent lead over Howard. She will take over the Senate seat given up by Republican Hunter Hill, a candidate for governor.

With Jordan’s victory, the Republican advantage in the Senate has now been narrowed to 37-19.

Democrats also maintained control of three other legislative seats in Tuesday’s runoff elections.

Senate District 39

Nikema Williams, an officer with the state Democratic Party, won a narrow 51-49 percent race over paralegal Linda Pritchett in this Atlanta Senate district.

Williams will replace long-time senator Vincent Fort, who stepped down from his Senate seat to make an unsuccessful run for mayor of Atlanta.

House District 89

Bee Nguyen, whose parents are Vietnamese, defeated Sachin Varghese, the son of Indian immigrants, by a 52-48 percent margin to win this DeKalb County House seat.

Nguyen, who formerly worked for the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute and now runs an education non-profit, will replace former House minority leader Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor.

House District 60

Kim Schofield, an Emory University researcher, was the winner over DeAndre Pickett by a 53-47 percent margin in this race to replace Keisha Waites, who resigned her seat to run for the Fulton County Commission.

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