By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post
▲How sweet it is. State Representative and Minority Leader Stacey Abrams congratulates House Representative-elect Taylor Bennett on his win, defeating Former Brookhaven Mayor Max Davis.
Taylor Bennett ran his campaign from a small apartment on the ground floor at an apartment complex in Brookhaven called "Alta Brookhaven".
It was a tense day for both candidates, staff and supporters. This run-off is do or die for Republicans. Georgia Weekly Post visited, during voting hours, one of the voting precincts. "Unexpected turnout. Higher than the first time," said Kathy Jaggers, the precinct manager. At the end of the day, she posted 515 votes. 270 went to Taylor. 243 went to Max.
Former Mayor Max Davis was seen making the rounds in his SUV. He looked tense, in a hurry as he was collecting voting data all day, as the day progressed until seven in the evening.
Around nine in the evening the numbers were in. Both camps were not sure.
Both sides went over the numbers again.
Taylor Bennett won the second - run off - and final round of this special election.
Time to take a bow.
Looking fit, dressed in a dark suit and blue tie, he walks into the room in the middle of a screaming crowd.
Standing at the entrance of his building hospitality room, Taylor Bennett, a Democrat claimed his win of the house seat, returning it back after eight years.
The Room was filled by many invited guests and supporters. They were excited to see him. Many hugs, high fives, many thanks. Time for the winner to speak.
House Representative - elect Taylor Bennett, the Democratic winner, made his victory speech, ahead of a conceding phone call by his Republican opponent, the former mayor of Brookhaven, J.Max Davis.
Davis' staff were hoping the numbers might change, according to three sources close to Davis. They saw a clear cut win by Bennett and asked him to make the call.
Surrounded by many of his supporters, a large expanded mix of all ages and genders, he thanked his staff, volunteers for "knocking on many doors again and again," he said. He described the hard battle to win. His speech was interrupted by a call of concession, "Just congratulatory expression by Max Davis," he told Georgia Weekly Post.
State Representative and House minority Leader Stacey Abrams was jubilant over a win by the Democrats in a Republican district.
"We supported Taylor, we had to, against the republicans. They poured a lot of money and brought in the big guns. We had a compelling message and a much better candidate," she said .
As this reporter was departing, a former elected official drove into the complex. "We just sent a big Guerilla into retirment back to the wilds,"she said, describing the former Mayor of Brookhaven. She wanted GWP to print her opinion of Davis.
The former quarterback win is still the subject of Monday morning's quarterbacks.On Tuesday, August 19, 2015, GA PUNDIT, a Republican political venue published online what it described as " Truth and Lies". The writers attributed Bennett's win of State House Seat 80 to reaching out for gay blocks through campaign's statements, caused a sudden surge of gay votes in DeKalb county, putting him over the winning line..
"Notably, the Democrat campaigned against a so-called "religious freedom restoration" bill, arguing that it used religious freedom as a justification for permitting discrimination against gays." It said
"It appears that Taylor Bennett made gay rights part of his campaign, but it was a part that was strictly limited to gay media. His opposition to RFRA did not appear on his pushcards, his mailpieces, or any of the mailpieces sent by the Georgia Democratic Party or Better Georgia in support of his candidacy."
"One mention in a radio interview and one article in a niche publication does not raise an issue to the level of having been a centerpiece of the campaign."
"But when you have the big three liberal national political publications writing the exact same story, casting the campaign as one that was fought primarily over gay rights and opposition to RFRA, what you're actually seeing is a concerted effort to rewrite history, nationalize partisan elections in Georgia, and most importantly, draw more liberal and Democratic resources into Georgia, as the political infrastructure is built for 2016 and beyond."
"As an aside, it's ironic that the saying "A lie, repeated often enough becomes truth," has been variously misattributed to Hitler, Goebbels, and others." it said.