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Jordan Davis's mother makes runoff in Atlanta-area congressional district

Lucy McBath will face Kevn Abel in July 24 Democratic runoff

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The mother of Jordan Davis, the Jacksonville teen who was shot and killed at a Southside gas station on the day after Thanksgiving 2012, won the most votes in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, but not enough to avoid a runoff.

Lucy McBath got 36 percent of the vote in the four way race for the district which covers an area north of Atlanta. She will face Kevin Abel, who received 31 percent of the vote, in a runoff on July 24.

According to McBath's campaign website, she had a 30-year career with Delta Air Lines and then began a second career focused on public service and gun reform following her son's death in 2012.

Davis, a Wolfson High School student, was shot and killed by Michael Dunn after an argument over the loud music that was coming from the SUV in which Davis was riding.  Following a trial that gained national attention, Dunn was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Since the death of their son, McBath and Jordan's father, Ron Davis, have both been working to change gun laws.  McBath's campaign site lists gun safety as one of her issues, and mentions her role as national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The eventual Democratic nominee in the district will face the incumbent, Republican Rep. Karen Handel.  Handel was elected to the district last June in a high-profile special election to fill a vacancy created when Rep. Tom Price became U.S. secretary of health and human services.


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