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Veteran state lawmaker David Lucas successfully completes his quest toregain a seat in the Georgia General Assembly.

Lucas, a Macon Democrat, defeated Republican Bobby Gale of Irwinton in Tuesdays general election to capture the District 26 state Senate seat. Lucas polled 42,627 votes to 19,792 for Gale.
That's 68 percent to 32 percent.

District 26 includes parts or all of Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Washington, Jones, Hancock and Houston counties.

Lucaswon the Democratic nomination by defeating incumbent Miriam Paris and Irving Martinez in the July primary election. Gale was unopposed in the Republican primary.

With Tuesday's victory, Lucas returns to the General Assembly, where he served in the House of Representatives for 34 years.

He resignedhis House seatin June 2011 to seek the District 26 seat which became vacant when the late Sen. Robert Brown resigned the position to run for Macon mayor.

Paris defeated Lucas in the non-partisan special election to fill Brown's unexpired term. At the time, Lucas complained that Paris received lots of Republican support which pushed her to victory.

This year, Lucas said he was able to defeat Paris because she couldn't get Republican support in the Democratic primary.

Lucas is scheduled to take his Senate seat on Jan. 1.

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