U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson declared victory just before midnight Tuesday in the Democratic primary against former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown.
“We fought a good clean campaign and won it fair and square,” Johnson said, with his mother and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at his side.
Brown, also a former DeKalb public safety director, enjoys strong name recognition in the Fourth District and ran a well-funded campaign against the four-term congressman, figuring he raised about $270,000. No Republicans have qualified to get on the November ballot, so whoever wins will head to Congress.
Brown was still stumping hard for votes Tuesday afternoon.
“I can’t think of anything else I could have done,” said Brown, who called Johnson a no-show in the district. “I have outworked him.”