MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - David Lucas is one step closer to the 'Gold Dome'. The former state representative unseated incumbent State Senator Miriam Paris in the Democratic primary run-off for District 26.
Lucas watched early numbers roll in from his headquarters in downtown Macon. Early reports showed voters in favor of Paris, who ultimately won five of the seven counties in the district.
It was Bibb County voters who gave Lucas a late lead. He won the county with more than 5000 votes compared to Paris' 3600, just enough to give him the upper-hand. Lucas credits his campaign supporters, and grass-roots efforts for his win.
"This is a testament to the folks who were committed in this 26th District Senatorial race and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart and I want them to know that I will not let them down," says Lucas.
Before the results were official, Paris told her supporters she was disappointed in the loss, but urges her constituents not to give up on her, or making Middle Georgia the best it can be.
"We're not sad because we ran a great race. We worked together, we kept the faith," Paris said. "We brought people together and we didn't divide our community."
Paris just narrowly lost the state senate seat to David Lucas by about 300 votes. Lucas still has another election to win. He will face off against Republican candidate, Bobby Gale, in the November general elections. For complete election results, click here.