(JTA) — Jon Ossoff, a Jewish investigative documentarian who lost a close 2017 race for the U.S. House of Representatives, won Georgia’s Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Ossoff, 33, will challenge the Republican incumbent, David Perdue, in November. Perdue, in his first term, has highlighted his close relationship with President Donald Trump during the primary campaign.
Ossoff won on Tuesday with 51 percent of the vote in a seven-way race, thus avoiding a runoff. The next closest challenger finished with 15 percent.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights icon who is a major influence in the state, had endorsed Ossoff, who once interned for Lewis.
The voting in Georgia was beset by long lines that had some waiting for hours to cast their ballots.
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