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Georgia Rep. David Scott wins primary, avoiding runoff after final tally

Georgia Rep. David Scott wins primary, avoiding runoff after final tally
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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-Ga.) clinched the Democratic nomination in Georgia’s 13th District, avoiding a runoff after a final tally of votes. 

The Associated Press initially made a call that Scott would be headed to a runoff but it later declared the race too close to call. 

Scott ultimately pushed past the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a runoff on Thursday, with 51.4 percent of the vote, prevailing over state Rep. Keisha Waites (D), who got 27 percent of the vote, and two other Democrats who split the rest.

Scott, a nine-term Congress member, is set to square off against Republican Becky Hites, a small-business owner, in November. Hites won the GOP primary with nearly 68 percent of the vote.

Scott won reelection to the Atlanta-area seat by more than 53 points two years ago.