Lucy McBath is keeping it close in the polls as she tries to unseat Republican Karen Handel in Georgia’s heavily-Republican 6th Congressional District, which Handel won after a nationally watched race in 2017 against Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Recent polling shows McBath within two points of Handel: Handel led McBath 49 percent to 47 percent in an internal survey released by McBath’s campaign.
If eldcted, McBath would be the first African-American to win the seat that once belonged to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
McBath is the mother of Jordan Davis, a Black teenager who was shot and killed by a White man, Michael David Dunn, who was 45 at the time, at a Gate gas station on Southside Boulevard at Baymeadows Road.
Dunn opened fire on a car filled with teenagers because he was offended by the volume of the music coming from the car.
Dunn was tried twice; his first trial ended in a mistrial when a jury failed to convict. The second trial resulted in Dunn’s conviction on first degree murder and attempted second degree murder charges.
Jordan was McBath’s only child.
And she has since become a strong advocate for gun control measures.
“I have not spent all my time and my life trying to move around the pathway to become this candidate,” McBath told a reporter for web magazine Mother Jones in a September article. “But what I’m hoping is that through my candidacy, the experiences I’ve had in my life make me relatable to people in my district in [terms of] the things they’re concerned about: women’s health care, education, gun violence, tax reform, the state of the economy.”
The election is November 6th.