Collins beats Trump pick Jones in Georgia GOP House runoff
By JEFF AMY and KATE BRUMBACK
ATLANTA (AP) – Trucking company owner Mike Collins has beaten former Democrat Vernon Jones in a runoff to become the Republican nominee for a Georgia congressional district east of Atlanta.
Collins was narrowly the frontrunner in an eight-candidate field in the May 24 voting.
An endorsement from former President Donald Trump helped push Jones into second place.
The 10th District runs from suburban Atlanta through 18 counties and is drawn to elect a Republican.
Most of Georgia’s Republican establishment lined up behind Collins, with incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp endorsing him last week.
Jones abandoned a primary challenge to Kemp in exchange for Trump’s endorsement for Congress.
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