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.
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"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
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