Posted: Tuesday, November 6th 2012 at 11:00pm
Doug Collins wins the 9th District
GAINESVILLE Ė Once the polls closed at 7PM it only took about two hours for Republican Doug Collinsí cell phone to ring. It was Jody Cooley.
Collins' Democratic challenger for the newly created 9th District U.S Congressional seat, seeing that he trailed Collins by more than 50 percentage points and that most of the vote was counted, was calling to congratulate Collins on his victory.
Cooley had run unchallenged as the only Democratic candidate to qualify.
Collins was one of five Republicans that set their eyes on the newly created 9th Congressional District. He and fellow Republican Martha Zoller emerged from that primary with the two highest vote counts. Collins then defeated Zoller in the ensuing run-off election.
The mood in the Hunt Tower lobby (Collinsí election night headquarters) was enthusiastic as Collins strolled to the podium to make his acceptance speech.
"Jody has been a friend before this campaign ever started. I told Jody I appreciated his commitment to his values and his beliefs," Collins said.
But, "We didnít agree," Collins said with a brief pause, "letís be honest: we didnít agree on much of anything, politically."
"But the one thing I can agree on is that Jody loves this country and Jody stood for his values and what he thought was right. I thank him so much for being the worthy opponent that he was in this general election."
Collins then turned his attention to the battle for the White House. "The best thing we can see is a moving van at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."
According to the Georgia Secretary of State website the vote break-down is:
Doug Collins R 76.21%
Jody Cooley D 23.79%
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Link: Click here for statewide results from the Georgia Secretary of State's Office
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