The career of one of the midstate’s longest-serving politicians is over -- at least for now.
Former Macon City Council President Miriam Paris ended former state Rep. David Lucas’ 37 years of political service with a dominant 12,950 to 10,220 victory in Tuesday’s special election runoff for the District 26 state Senate seat formerly held by Robert Brown.
Paris earned 55.9 percent of the vote, well ahead of Lucas’ 44.1 percent.
In front of a crowd of about 60 supporters at her real estate office in downtown Macon, Paris was introduced by her father as “the next senator for this state.”
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“First, I want to thank everyone,” Paris told the crowd. “Everyone gathered, to all my supporters, it’s been a great night.”
Lucas, a Democrat, had a sizeable group of supporters still present at his campaign office on Cotton Avenue. He said the race came down to Republican support for Paris, who is also a Democrat, noting the heavy disparity in favor of his opponent from predominantly white precincts in Bibb County.
“The race was never about the issues,” Lucas said. “It was about the Tea Party Republicans. Look at the Republican precincts -- they voted against David Lucas. It’s about having an ‘R’ in front of your name.”
Paris, 51, maintained she has always been a Democrat.
“It was a great night for District 26, it was a great night for women and it was a great night for Democrats,” Paris told supporters. I’m here for all the people of District 26, whether you supported me or not.”