Chris West wins Republican primary to face Georgia Rep. Sanford Bishop


Despite spending at least 11 to 1, Chris West beat Jeremy Hunt in the Republican primary runoff in Georgia’s 2nd congressional district on Tuesday night, per access point.

Why is this important: West, a lawyer and Georgia Air National Guard officer, will face Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) in what is considered Georgia’s only competitive congressional race in November.

Driving the news: Hunt, an Army veteran and law student was awarded over $1 million in external financing from national groups and won endorsements from national Republicans, including Nikki Haley and Sen. Tom Cotton. West received no outside money.

Catch up fast: West, an attorney, permanent district resident and Georgia Air National Guard officer, sought to characterize Hunt as someone who only moved to the district this year and was funded by Washington money.

  • A primary first-round opponent, Wayne Johnson, filed a lawsuit against Hunt and Fox News last week, alleging the network aided Hunt’s campaign by giving him more than $2.8 million in airtime by as a commentator.

What they say : West told Axios in a previous interview, “We want to send someone to Washington to represent us, not Washington sending us someone, to represent us in Washington.”

And after: Bishop, who represented the largely rural southwestern Georgia district for three decades and serves as chairman of the Farm Credit Subcommittee, has nearly $800,000 in cash on hand.


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