Willis defeats incumbent Howard Jr. in Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Democratic primary runoff

Fani Willis defeated incumbent Paul Howard Jr. in the Democratic primary runoff for Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney on August 11, 2020. With 15% of precincts reporting, Willis had received 74% of the vote to Howard Jr.’s with 26%.

Howard Jr. has been in office since 1997. Howard Jr. and Willis were the top-two finishers in a three-candidate primary on June 9.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote on August 4, “As the runoff nears, both candidates have been fiercely attacking one another, both during online debates and in ads. Howard has criticized Willis for accepting donations from police unions. Willis has condemned the DA for the sexual harassment complaints filed against him. (Howard strongly denies the allegations.)”

The county seat of Fulton County is Atlanta.