Incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, defeated former Gainesville educator Josh McCall on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the general election for the U.S. House, 9th District. With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Collins had 81.3 percent of the vote.
Who is he: A Hall County native, Doug Collins has served in Congress since 2013. He got his political start in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006 and has served as an Air Force Reserve chaplain since 2002.
How he reacted: “The 9th District is a very conservative district, and we’ve represented that to the best of our ability. We look forward to representing the 9th District in the next Congress.”
On the issues: “We’re going to continue looking at regulations, the economic environment through taxes, but also health care will be coming back up as we go forward. And I’m looking forward — hopefully, if we keep the majority — to being chairman of the (House) Judiciary Committee.”
What’s next: Collins begins his new term Jan. 1.
U.S. House, 9th District
Doug Collins: 79.8%
Josh McCall: 20.2%
With 80 percent of precincts reporting.