Rich McCormick, an emergency room doctor and retired Marine, will win the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, CNN projects.
McCormick, who won a plurality of votes in the May 24 primary, faced attorney Jake Evans in Tuesday’s runoff for the metro Atlanta district. While Evans had the benefit of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, he did not improve much on his 24% showing in the primary.
McCormick, meanwhile, had the support from others within the Republican Party, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, as well as support from the PAC for the Club for Growth. He was also the field’s leading fundraiser, raising more than $3 million and nearly double what Evans brought in.
Despite not having the support of the former President, McCormick ran as a MAGA-style conservative.
This is McCormick’s second bid for Congress. In 2020, I have lost a close race to Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bordeaux in the neighboring 7th Congressional District. After census-driven redistricting placed some of the old 7th District into the new 6th District, McCormick launched his bid for the more Republican-friendly seat. (The current House member for the 6th, Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, defeated Bordeaux last month in a primary to represent the new Seventh.)
The new district is heavily Republican, and McCormick is a clear favorite to win the seat in November.