SAVANNAH, Ga. -

Buddy Carter has won the Republican nomination to replace GOP Rep. Jack Kingston in the U.S. House and will face Democrat Brian Reese, who also easily won his runoff Tuesday.

Carter, a state senator from Pooler, defeated Savannah surgeon Bob Johnson in a Tuesday in a hotly-contested runoff in the 1st Congressional District, which covers southeast Georgia from the coast to the Florida line. Carter counted on his political experience and connections, while Johnson courted tea party voters.

RESULTS: Results from Georgia runoff

Kingston stepped aside after 22 years as the district's congressman to run for U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chamblis.  Kingston lost Tuesday night's runoff for the GOP nomination to businessman David Perdue by less than 1 percentage point.

Carter has served in the state Legislature since 2006. Before that he was mayor of Pooler, a small city outside Savannah.

Reese, of Savannah, who finished second in the May primary, easily defeated Amy Tavio on Tuesday.