DNC chair Tom Perez with state Sen. Nikema Williams. Photo: AP/Ron Harris

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Why it matters: The 41-year-old Williams is very likely to win in the heavily Democratic district in November, succeeding a civil rights icon who served the district since 1987 and was known as "the conscience of the House."

  • The Georgia state party said it received 131 applications to fill Lewis' spot on the ballot and narrowed the list down to five finalists, according to AP.
  • Williams will face off in November against Republican Angela Stanton-King, a reality TV personality who spent two years in prison for her role in a car theft ring and was pardoned by President Trump earlier this year. Stanton-King is a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy.

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