Rob Woodall, former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. John Linder, has won the Republican nomination in the race to replace his boss who is retiring from Congress.
Unofficial returns in Tuesday’s runoff showed Woodall earning 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for minister Jody Hice with 90 percent of precincts reporting.
Woodall will face Democrat Doug Heckman in November’s general election.
The 40-year-old Woodall previously worked as Linder’s chief of staff and had the endorsement of his former boss.
Hice is a former pastor from Bethlehem who made his name by fighting the removal of a Ten Commandments display from a local courthouse.