Meet the Candidates: Winners in the Georgia and Alabama congressional primaries

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss will have a few more weeks to cool his heels before Democrats in Georgia nominate a candidate — of the five Democratic candidates running in yesterday's primary, nobody was able to capture more than 50 percent of the vote. That means a runoff will be held on Aug. 5 between Vernon Jones and Jim Martin.

Also yesterday, voters whittled down the competition in two Alabama districts, where runoff elections were held for two open seats. Reps. Terry Everett (R) and Bud Cramer (D) had announced their retirement, and primaries were held back in June. However, no Republican candidates in the districts were able to meet the 50-percent threshold required to secure the nomination.

This time around, Jay Love, an Alabama state legislator, won the GOP nomination for CD-02, while Wayne Parker (a vice president for an insurance firm) did the same in the 5th district.

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Here are the victors of Tuesday's primaries:

  • Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) is awaiting the results from an August 5th runoff between Democratic candidates Vernon Jones and Jim Martin.
  • In the 1st district, Republican incumbent Jack Kingston will square off against Democrat Bill Gillespie, a retired Lt. Colonel from the Army.
  • In the 2nd district, incumbent Sanford Bishop (D) is being challenged by Republican Lee Ferrell, an Army veteran.
  • In the 3rd district, incumbent Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R) will face Democrat Stephen Camp, a private attorney who owns his own firm.
  • In the 4th district, Democratic incumbent Rep. Hank Johnson has no major-party challengers.
  • In the 5th district, incumbent Rep. John Lewis (D) is unopposed.
  • In the 6th district, incumbent Rep. Tom Price (R) is being challenged by Bill Jones, an Air Force veteran who is now the executive vice president of a technology firm.
  • In the 7th district, incumbent Rep. John Linder (R) will face off against Democrat Doug Heckman, another former soldier who is now managing director of an asset management firm.
  • In the 8th district, Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall will be going up against Rick Goddard, a vice president of Mercer University.
  • In the 9th district, incumbent Rep. Nathan Deal (R) will try to fend off Demoratic candidate Jeff Scott, an education specialist.
  • In the 10th district, Republican incumbent Rep. Paul Broun will face Bobby Saxon (D), who served the U.S. Army in the Iraq War.
  • In the 11th district, incumbent Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) is up against Democrat Bud Gammon, a retired Air Force pilot.
  • In the 12th district, incumbent Rep. John Barrow (D) is being challenged by Republican John Stone, former president of the U.S. Freedom Foundation.
  • In the 13th district, incumbent Rep. David Scott (D) will face Republican candidate Deborah Honeycutt, a practicing physician.


  • In the 2nd district, Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright will face Republican nominee Jay Love, a state legislator.
  • In the 5th congressional district, Parker Griffith, a Democratic candidate and Alabama state senator, will challenge insurance company vice president Wayne Parker (R).