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Graves wins GA congressional special election runoff

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican Tom Graves has been elected to the U.S. House in a special election runoff in north Georgia.

With 67% of precincts reporting, unofficial returns show Graves with 59% of the vote, defeating fellow Republican Lee Hawkins with 41%.

The 40-year-old Graves will fill the remainder of Nathan Deal's term. Deal stepped down earlier this year to seek the Republican nomination for Georgia governor.

Graves ran with support from the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots, the anti-tax group Club for Growth and Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House.

He'll need to hit the campaign trail again almost immediately. A July 20 primary will select the GOP nominee for a full 2-year term in the House.

The 9th congressional district covers 15 counties in northwest Georgia.

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Election results from the Georgia Secretary of State's office

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