Jen Jordan holds strong lead in SD-6

Jen Jordan (campaign photo)Jen Jordan (campaign photo)

After serving a single year following a special election, and assuming unofficial election results hold, Jen Jordan (D – Atlanta) could now enjoy a full term in the Georgia State Senate after her race against Republican challenger Leah Aldridge on election night.

Though there are some ballots, such as mail-in votes, still to be counted, Jordan holds a wide lead in the race as of Wednesday morning. She has counted 46,349 votes to Aldridge’s 33,098, good for an edge of 58.34 percent to 41.66 percent.

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Jordan, a lawyer, officially won the office less than one year ago, beating five Republicans and two other Democrats to succeed Hunter Hill in the seat, and ending a two-thirds GOP supermajority in the chamber as well.

The district includes some of the wealthiest portions of Atlanta, including parts of Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Buckhead and Sandy Springs (a district map is available at this link), a fact reflected in the impressive contribution totals for the candidates. Jordan raised over $380,000 in the race, and Aldridge raised more than $650,000 in a losing effort.

Both candidates reside in Fulton, though each spent considerable time campaigning in the Cobb portion of the district and both spoke before the Smyrna city council to make their case west of the Chattahoochee River. Jordan’s lead was even wider in Cobb, with 26,075 votes (68.07 percent) to Aldridge’s 12,231 votes (31.93 percent).

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Haisten Willis
Haisten Willis is a freelance writer who lives in Smyrna with his wife, daughter and dog. He holds a master's degree in journalism from California State University, Fresno, serves on the board of SPJ Georgia and even rides a bike when time allows.

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