Congressman Rick Allen wins 12th District Republican Primary

U.S. Congressman Rick Allen

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) Congressman Rick Allen came out on top Tuesday night.

The Republican incumbent had nearly 80 percent of the votes. His challenger was businessman Eugene Yu.

Allen celebrated the victory with his friends and family at The Partridge Inn on Walton Way. The congressman says he is very relieved to win.

“Primaries are tough. Running against fellow Republicans, it’s very difficult, but you know our folks did a great job. I’m just very proud of the fact that it’s an overwhelming victory for the people of the 12th District. I mean, what they said is ‘keep fighting for us in Washington.’ And you just don’t know how that makes you feel. It’s a great feeling of gratitude,” Allen said.

The businessman says he’s ready to head back to Washington.

“We’ve got little hurdle in November, but we have to get through that and we have to win the White House and keep the Senate, grow our majority in the House and get this country turned around,” he said.

Allen will face Democrat Patricia McCracken in the general election.

With a win, the congressman has a lot of hopes.

“We want to get that Cyber Command moved down here. We have one more round of funding for that and we want to get it down here. Get that harbor deepened. You’re going to see some great economic developments in this district,” Allen said.

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