Doug Collins & Martha Zoller
ATLANTA -- State Rep. Doug Collins has won the Republican runoff election for a newly created congressional seat in North Georgia and will face Democrat Jody Cooley in November.
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Unofficial returns Tuesday showed Collins with 54% of the vote, compared to 46% for his opponent, conservative talk radio host Martha Zoller.
Given the Republican Party's strength in the region, Collins will be a favorite to win in November.
Collins beat Zoller by less than 1% of the vote in last month's primary election but failed to win a majority, triggering a runoff.
Collins has close ties to Gov. Nathan Deal, who backed him in the election.