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Georgia Rep. David Scott heads to runoff

Georgia Rep. David Scott heads to runoff
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Georgia Rep. David ScottDavid Albert ScottOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump admin to sell oil leases at Arctic wildlife refuge before Biden takes office |Trump administration approves controversial oil testing method in Gulf of Mexico | Rep. Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel Rep. David Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair MORE (D) will head to a runoff as he seeks a 10th term in the House. 

Scott garnered over 47 percent of the vote in the primary in Georgia’s 13th Congressional District Tuesday, outpacing his nearest competitor by about 17 points, forcing a runoff according to the Associated Press.

However, since no candidate broke 50 percent, he will have to face state Rep. Keisha Waites (D) in an Aug. 11 runoff. 

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The fact that Scott is heading into a runoff is particularly surprising given his incumbency advantage and the fact that Waites reported only raising $875 in the pre-primary period.

Scott won reelection to the Atlanta-area seat by more than 53 points in 2018.

The victor of the August runoff will face off against Republican Becky Hites, a small business owner who won the GOP primary with nearly 68 percent of the vote.

-- Updated June 11 at 11:28 a.m.