GOP Rep. Woodall wins primary, heads to November


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ATLANTA — Rep. Rob Woodall dominated his primary challenger and will meet Democrat Steve Reilly in November for Georgia's GOP-leaning 7th Congressional District.

Both men are from Lawrenceville. Making his first-re-election attempt, the 42-year-old Woodall on Tuesday defeated Suwanee businessman David Hancock. Unofficial returns show Woodall with 72 percent of the vote to Hancock's 28 percent with almost 94 percent of precincts reporting.

"I am tremendously grateful," Woodall said from Washington on a conference call with campaign volunteers. "The real battle is going to go on until November."

Reilly, a 51-year-old attorney, had no opponent in the Democratic primary.

Woodall won an open seat two years ago, succeeding his longtime boss, former Congressman John Linder. Woodall serves on the House committee that writes the federal budget.

The 7th District is situated northwest and west of Atlanta, including parts of Forsyth, Gwinnett and Newton counties and all of Barrow and Walton counties.

— Staff writer Tyler Estep and senior writer Camie Young contributed to this article