Carter name returns to Georgia politics

The Carter family has returned to Georgia politics.

Jason Carter, the 34-year-old grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, won Tuesday's special election for an open state Senate seat.

He is the first member of his family to win elected his office since his grandfather was in the White House. His father, Jack Carter, was the Democratic Senate nominee in Nevada in 2006 but lost to Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.).

Jason Carter won with 65 percent of the vote and celebrated at a restaurant Tuesday night with his grandparents and other family members, according to the Associated Press.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter did campaign for their grandson in the heavily Democratic district within Atlanta.