Chris West wins Georgia GOP runoff and will challenge Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop

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Chris West on Tuesday beat Jeremy Hunt in a Republican runoff election for a southwest Georgia House seat the GOP believes it can wrestle away from a 30-year Democratic incumbent.

West will meet Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. in a November matchup.

The race to represent newly reconfigured Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District, which stretches from Columbus down to the Florida state line and includes all or parts of 30 mostly rural counties, is considered the only competitive contest in the state and could help flip the House.

Republicans need to win five seats in the 435-member chamber to win back the majority they lost in 2018.

Hunt, a political commentator, pulled in high-profile endorsements from former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and…

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