Originally created 11/06/02

GOP controls Georgia U.S. House seats



ATLANTA - Republicans Max Burns and Phil Gingrey won upset victories Tuesday in congressional districts drawn for Democrats, keeping a majority of Georgia U.S. House seats in GOP control.

Mr. Gingrey's victory in the 11th District thwarted Roger Kahn's attempt for a comeback two years after he failed to unseat Rep. Bob Barr.

Though unofficial returns showed Mr. Kahn leading by more than 1,100 votes with 71 percent of precincts reporting, the multimillionaire Democrat conceded to Mr. Gingrey before midnight.

Mr. Gingrey attacked Mr. Kahn during their campaign as soft on drugs and criticized him for serving on the board of a nursing home where patients reported abuse. Mr. Kahn criticized Mr. Gingrey for trying to help inmates get transfers.

In middle Georgia's 3rd District, Jim Marshall and Calder Clay were running neck-and-neck with 88 percent of precincts reporting. Mr. Marshall had 64,436 votes - barely more than 50 percent - to Mr. Clay's 63,716 votes.

During the campaign, Bibb County Commissioner Mr. Clay attacked Mr. Marshall's tenure as mayor, dredging up Mr. Marshall's disastrous attempt to raise police pay without an equal raise for firefighters.

Mr. Clay also called Mr. Marshall too liberal for the district's rural counties. Mr. Marshall countered with ads focused on his pro-gun stance and his service as an Airborne Ranger in Vietnam.

Two Democratic newcomers won contested races in metro Atlanta. Denise Majette, who upset Rep. Cynthia McKinney in the Democratic primary, defeated Republican Cynthia van Auken in the 4th District. Ms. Majette had 76 percent of the vote with 52 percent of precincts reporting.

In the new 13th District, Democratic state Sen. David Scott defeated Republican Clay Cox. Mr. Scott had 57 percent of the vote with two-thirds of precincts reporting.

Five Republican incumbents who drew light opposition all won re-election.

Rep. Jack Kingston defeated Democrat Don Smart in the 1st District. In the 6th District, Rep. Johnny Isakson beat Democrat Jeff Weisberger.

Rep. John Linder defeated Democrat Michael Berlon in the 7th District. In the 8th District, Rep. Mac Collins beat Democrat Angelos Petrakopoulos. And Rep. Charlie Norwood defeated Democrat Barry Gordon Irwin in the 9th District.

Mr. Burns easily defeated Democrat Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. in the 12th District covering Athens, Augusta and Savannah. Mr. Gingrey, a state senator, beat Mr. Kahn in the 11th District stretching from Columbus to the Tennessee line.

Their victories gave Republicans at least eight of Georgia's 13 House seats, with a hotly contested race for the heart of middle Georgia still undecided.



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