Caldwell Tops Byrd in GOP House Primary
Challenger defeats four-term incumbent this time after losing bid in 2010.
Caldwell defeated Byrd with 5,093 votes compared to the incumbent's 4,452, or 53.36 percent to 46.64 percent, according to returns.
Caldwell had challenged Byrd in the July 2010 primaries but received 46 percent of the votes.
The Republican faces Democrat Lillian Burnaman in the November election. Burnaman ran unopposed and received 824 votes Tuesday.
Caldwell is married to Katie Caldwell and grew up in District 20. He graduated from Cherokee County schools and from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor's in finance. He works for Python Safety and sells safety equipment to the nuclear power industry.
Byrd serves on five House committees: Vice Chairman of Children and Youth, Economic Development and Tourism, Health and Human Services, Judiciary Non-Civil and Secretary of Science and Technology.
She and her husband, Michael, live in Woodstock and are members of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
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