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Georgia House runoff winner to serve in Congress for just a month, joining list of 'short-timers'

Added 11-30-20 09:29:02am EST - “The winner of a runoff to replace Georgia Rep. John Lewis will only be in Washington for a few votes over the next couple of weeks and serve as a House member for about a month. Still, the winner of this race won't be the shortest…” -


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You’re wrong if you thought Rep.-elect Nikema Williams, D-Ga., is the successor to the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

And you’re wrong if you thought the only runoffs in Georgia come on Jan. 5 between Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Lewis’ immediate successor is either former Atlanta city councilman Kwanza Hall or former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin. Both are Democrats. And they are facing one another in a runoff on Dec. 1 to fulfill the remainder of Lewis’ current term. The winner of this contest will serve for a few days then be out at 11:59:59 a.m. ET on Jan. 3, when the new Congress is scheduled to begin.

Georgia held two elections for Lewis’ seat on Nov. 3. Williams won the seat for the entire term. But, just like in the Peach State’s two Senate contests, no candidate secured 50.1% of the vote in the special election to finish Lewis’ term. That necessitates a runoff this week.


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