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1879Hank Johnson Defeats Cynthia McKinney

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  • Greg Cannon
    Aug 8, 2006

      Hank Johnson Defeats McKinney

      Web Editor: Tracey Christensen
      Last Modified: 8/8/2006 11:29:48 PM

      Former two-term DeKalb County commissioner Hank
      Johnson declared victory over incumbent Congresswoman
      Cynthia McKinney Tuesday night as 100 percent of the
      precincts showed his lead at 59 to 41 percent (check
      the latest results). Technical problems that earlier
      delayed results in the 4th District were later fixed.
      (read related story).

      "I'm feeling pretty good," Johnson told 11Alive's
      Duffie Dixon during a live Webcast at 10 p.m. "I'm
      just so happy for all of the volunteers who've worked
      so hard to bring this victory to fruition. We're
      looking forward now to November."

      It was McKinney's first reelection campaign since her
      scuffle with a Capitol Hill police officer in March.
      At the McKinney headquarters at the Omega Center in
      Decatur, 11Alive's Donna Lowry reported during a live
      Webcast for 11Alive.Com that McKinney's supporters had
      gathered to celebrate. It was not known when or if
      McKinney would address the crowd. Her campaign
      manager, John Evans, said, "It's not over until it's

      The precincts that typically showed the most support
      for McKinney in South DeKalb County were among the
      last to report results Tuesday night. However,
      11Alive's Denis O'Hayer pointed out that Johnson
      represented part of South DeKalb as county
      commissioner and would pick up votes there as well.
      The Associated Press declared Johnson the winner at
      11:09 p.m.

      At the Johnson camp at the Holiday Inn in Decatur, the
      Democratic nominee's supporters countered attacks by
      McKinney that most of Johnson's financial support came
      from Republicans who simply want McKinney out of

      "The bulk of the money, the overwhelming majority of
      his support has come from the district," said
      long-time supporter Barbara Ingram.

      The number of donations topping $1,000 for the Johnson
      campaign had surged in the time between the primary
      and runoff, 11Alive's O'Hayer reported.

      After her return to Washington, the typically
      controversial McKinney kept a relatively low profile
      until the scuffle with the officer captured national
      headlines. A grand jury found no reason to indict
      McKinney for criminal wrongdoing. However, Johnson
      seemed to benefit from the negative publicity and
      landed within just 1,700 votes of McKinney in the
      three-candidate primary.
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