Georgia Supreme Court judge retains seat in abortion race

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Andrew Pinson is expected to be re-elected on Tuesday, according to Decision Desk HQ.

Pinson withstood a challenge from former Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), who challenged Pinson for his spot on the state Supreme Court. He was one of four judges up for re-election on the nine-member bench, but he was the only one to experience a contested race.

Pinson was nominated to the Georgia Supreme Court by Governor Brian Kemp (R) in 2022 and has previously served as a judge on the state Court of Appeals and as attorney general.

Barrow leaned heavily on the abortion issue and criticized the sitting justice for his position on it. Pinson has argued that Barrow misrepresented his record.

A complaint filed with the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission warned Barrow that he went too far in what he could say about abortion as a candidate.

Barrow has also spoken out about accusations that he has politicized a legal race, telling The Hill in an interview about abortion that “it is a constitutional issue, not politicization.”

But the Georgia Democrat also faced an uphill battle, as sitting judges rarely lose re-election.

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