MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Barry Loudermilk has been chosen by Republican voters to take GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey's seat in Congress.
Loudermilk, a state senator from Cassville, defeated former congressman Bob Barr in a GOP runoff Tuesday for Gingrey's House seat in the 11th District, which covers part of Atlanta's northern suburbs.
No Democrats ran for the seat, essentially giving Loudermilk a free pass to Washington in the fall.
Barr, who helped lead the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, was denied a congressional comeback more than a decade after he became a casualty of a redistricting that forced him into a losing primary race against a fellow GOP incumbent, then-Rep. John Linder. He ran for president as a Libertarian in 2008.
Loudermilk ran for Congress after a decade in the state Legislature.
Bob Barr released a statement just before 11:00 Tuesday night:
Jeri and I are thankful we had the opportunity to stand in arena and offer to serve our community in Congress. While tonight did not go the way we had hoped, we remain committed to the conservative movement and the Republican Party and look forward to the future with excitement and optimism.
During this campaign we have been blessed to have the support of so many good friends and each of them are a special part of our lives. We especially thank our family and our campaign team for their support and sacrifices.
I congratulate Barry on his election and wish him every success as he prepares to serve our district in Congress.