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Congressional incumbents victorious in election races

John Lewis and David Scott continue legislative tenure

JONESBORO — John Lewis and David Scott held on to their U.S. Congressional seats again.

Lewis will continue serving as U.S. District 5 Congressman and Scott will continue serving as U.S. District 13 Congressman.

Lewis kept his seat by a landslide of more than 85 percent of the vote, beating out his Republican challenger, Howard Stopeck. Lewis garnered 132,118 votes and Stopeck received 22,868, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

In Clayton County, Lewis got 18,895 votes, or 86 percent. Stopeck got 2,027 votes, or 13 percent of the votes in the county.

Scott was re-elected with more than 67 percent of the vote, overcoming his challenger, Republican Shahid Malik, who got 32 percent. Scott got 136,733 votes and Malik got 65,211 votes, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

In Clayton County, Scott received 41,653 votes, or 85 percent of the vote. Malik received 6,734 of the Clayton vote, or 13 percent.

In Henry County, Scott received 25,473 votes, or 60 percent of the vote. Malik received 16,329 votes, or just more than 39 percent.

Lewis, 72, has served as a U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District for more than three decades. He is a civil rights leader and recipient of numerous awards, including the highest civilian honor granted by President Barack Obama, the Medal of Freedom.

Lewis is the senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic Party in leadership in the House, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, a member of its subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support and ranking member of its subcommittee on Oversight.

Scott, 67, was re-elected to serve in his sixth term representing portions of six counties: Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fulton, Henry and DeKalb.

Scott served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1974 through 1982 and the Georgia Senate 1983 through 2002. As a state senator, he wrote the law giving breast cancer patients and their physicians the right to determine their length of stay in the hospital and their level of medical treatment. In addition, he authored the law creating a moment of quiet reflection each morning in public schools. He also authored the law that keeps landfills from being developed in residential neighborhoods.