Voters return Westmoreland to U.S. Congress
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Despite two primary challengers, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland easily won reelection, without a runoff, to his Third District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Westmoreland garnered 71.6 percent of the vote, with almost all precincts reporting.
Chip Flanegan of Jonesboro received 13,104 votes, or 14.5 percent. Kent Kingsley of Milner received 12,487 votes, or 13.9 percent.
Flanegan fared slightly better in Coweta than in the Third District as a whole, receiving 2,615 votes, or 16.3 percent. Kingsley did worse in Coweta, getting only 1,955 votes or 12.2 percent.
Westmoreland, who lives near Grantville, was first elected to Congress in 2005 after serving 12 years in the Georgia House of Representatives. When he ran for Congress to replace Mac Collins, who was retiring, Westmoreland was the Republican leader in the Georgia House.