Georgia Democrats have ended the Republicans’ two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate, the Cobb County Courier reports.
Democrat Jen Jordan won a runoff election against fellow Democrat Jaha Howard by a 64-36 margin to win a seat vacated by Republican Hunter Hill, who resigned to run for governor.
The big win comes after a surprise race featuring five Republicans and three Democrats. In an unusual result, two Democrats got the most votes to advance to a runoff to vie for the Republican-held seat.
Howard got 22.5 percent of the vote while Jordan got 24.4 percent in the initial race, but no candidate received the 50 percent necessary to win, triggering a run-off.
Jordan, a lawyer from south Georgia, ran on a platform of raising the state’s minimum wage, LGBT rights, public education, and healthcare expansion.