JACKSON, Ga.—Mark Gonsalves on June 21 defeated Michael Corbin in a runoff to secure the Republican party nomination for the U.S. House seat representing Georgia’s newly drawn 7th Congressional District.
Gonsalves will face Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) in the general election on Nov. 8.
With 95 percent of the votes reported at 10:44 p.m. on June 21, Gonsalves received 70 percent of the vote followed by Corbin at 30 percent, according to Decision Desk HQ.
In the Republican primary on May 24, Corbin led a five-candidate field with 41.2 percent of the vote. Gonsalves finished second at 27.3 percent.
McBath defeated Carolyn Bordeaux in the Democratic party primary on May 24. They generated national attention in recent elections.
In 2018, McBath unseated Republican incumbent Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Bordeaux defeated Republican incumbent Rich McCormick in the 7th Congressional District in 2020.
The new 7th district is composed of northeast metropolitan Atlanta, including Gwinnett and Fulton counties.
When Georgia’s GOP-controlled legislature transformed the 6th district into a more conservative area after redrawing the maps, McBath decided not to seek reelection there and run against incumbent Bordeaux instead.
McBath is endorsed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.).
The 7th Congressional District is one of two seats in Georgia named by Ballotpedia as a battleground race. The general election is a toss-up, according to the Cook Political Report.
Republicans have controlled the 7th Congressional District since 1994.