At about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning with nearly 90 percent of the precincts reporting, the incumbent Republican candidates were leading in Georgia’s 10th and 12th Congressional District races for the House seat.
Georgia has 14 House seats, four of which currently are held by Democrats and 10 by Republicans.
With 88 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Jody Hice, Republican, was leading with 186,001 votes, or 63.51 percent, over challenger Tabitha A. Johnson-Green, Democrat, with 106,879 votes, or 36.49 percent.
Hice was elected for the seat in 2014, and he ran unopposed in 2016.
The district went for Republican Donald Trump for president in 2016 by a margin of 25.5 points. Trump won Georgia by 5.1 points, according to The Washington Post.
During his campaign this year, much like previous elections, Hice pushed “to repeal Obamacare, challenge the Roe v. Wade decision over abortion, push the Fair Tax Act, which would replace the income tax and others with a flat sales tax and push back against illegal immigration,” according to the Red & Black, an independent newspaper published by students at the University of Georgia.
Johnson-Green campaigned on a platform she described as being for the “everyday citizens” of the district where she grew up, the article said. She also would like to see a single-payer system for healthcare where everyone receives coverage. She worked as a registered nurse in Washington County for 20 years.
With 95 percent of the precincts reporting District 12 incumbent Rick Allen, Republican, was leading with 147,143 votes, or 59.58 percent, compared to 99,808 votes, or 40.42 percent, for Francys Johnson, Democrat.
Allen has held the House seat since he was elected in 2014.
The district went for President Trump, a Republican, in 2016 by a margin of 16.2 points. Trump won Georgia by 5.1 points, according to The Washington Post.
Allen, who was seeking his third term in the seat, said prior to winning the primary that agriculture, jobs and the economy top his list of priorities, according to an interview with WTOC-11 in Savannah.
In September, Allen spoke on the House floor in support of Tax Reform 2.0 which builds upon the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in late 2017.
Johnson, who was seeking his first political office, is a lawyer and pastor “passionate about making limited, but effective government, work to preserve our liberties and promote economic prosperity for all Americans,” according to his Facebook page.
He said he would work to make the district a logistical hub for the state’s ports, build the infrastructure to increase commercial traffic and help create a research and innovation corridor between Augusta and Statesboro.