Rep. Graves win Georgia House runoff

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) won his forth election in three months to secure former Rep. Nathan Deal's (R-Ga.) House seat. 

Graves took 56 percent of the vote to 44 for state Sen. Lee Hawkins (R) in the 9th district GOP primary runff. With 193 of 205 precincts reporting, the Associated Press declared him the winner.

Graves won the seat in the special election runoff in June after topping the field in the original vote in May. He then faced a primary to run on the GOP nomination in November. He finished with just shy of the 50 percent needed to win the July 20 primary outright. 

Graves has had strong backing from area Tea Party groups and won the endorsement of the Club for Growth.

Deal left his seat in March to focus on his gubernatorial bid.

Graves is expected to hold the heavily-Republican district in November.

--Updated at 9:44 p.m.