Posted: Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 at 9:31pm
Loudermilk wins GOP runoff to succeed Rep. Gingrey
By The Associated Press
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) Barry Loudermilk has been chosen by Republican voters to take GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey's seat in Congress.
Loudermilk, a state senator from Cassville, defeated former congressman Bob Barr in a GOP runoff Tuesday for Gingrey's House seat in the 11th District, which covers part of Atlanta's northern suburbs.
No Democrats ran for the seat, essentially giving Loudermilk a free pass to Washington in the fall.
Barr, who helped lead the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, was denied a congressional comeback more than a decade after he became a casualty of a redistricting that forced him into a losing primary race against a fellow GOP incumbent, then-Rep. John Linder. He ran for president as a Libertarian in 2008.
Loudermilk ran for Congress after a decade in the state Legislature.
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