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Kingston wins re-election to 11th term in Congress

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah has defeated a Democratic challenger to win an 11th term in Congress.

Unofficial election returns Tuesday showed Kingston defeating Democratic newcomer Leslie Messinger with 74% of the vote. That's with 23% of precincts reporting.

With a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Kingston has become such a formidable incumbent that GOP lawmakers last year redrew his 1st District seat last year to add more Democratic voters - a move that improved prospects for fellow Republicans in neighboring districts.

Messinger, a Savannah business owner, hoped to attract women voters in her first political race but had little chance of spreading her message. Her campaign was almost entirely self-funded, while Kingston had more than $1.1 million to spend.

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