Updated May 21, 2024 - Politics

David Scott rolls through crowded Democratic field to win 13th Congressional primary

An interactive dashboard showing the latest results of the uncontested presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional primaries in Georgia.
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Longtime U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) comfortably avoided a runoff in the 13th Congressional District primary, cruising past six Democratic challengers on Tuesday night, AP projects.

Why it matters: Scott's convincing victory in his bid for a 12th term is a sign that established Democrats still are a force in heavily Democratic districts, even one that was recently redrawn, and even as young voters have shown signs of drifting.

By the numbers: Scott, who has spent two decades in Congress and is the first Black chair of the House Agriculture Committee, had about 60% of the vote when AP called the race at 10pm Tuesday, while the closest challenger, Mark Baker, had 11.3%.

  • Candidates need more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff.

The other side: Jonathan Chavez rolled to a win in the Republican primary in the 13th, holding more than 65% of the vote when AP called that race around 9:30pm.

  • Scott and Chavez will now face off in November's general election.

Editor's note: This story was updated with Tuesday's results.

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