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“Rising like a phoenix”: Fani Willis wins Democratic primary for Fulton County prosecutor – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA – Fani Willis won the Democratic primary for Fulton County district attorney against Christian Wise Smith.

The AP projected Willis would win just after polls closed at 7 pm Tuesday night.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens spoke at Willis’ victory party Tuesday night around 8:30 p.m.

“We came out on the right side of history,” Dickens said. “People said yes to Fani Wills, everyone.”

Dickens praised the district attorney for risking her life and career to prosecute former President Donald Trump.

“She’s been going through fire and coming out like a Phoenix,” Dickens said.

Willis delivered remarks shortly after Dickens and said the people of Fulton County conveyed a strong and powerful message.

“There is no one above the law in this country and no one below the law,” Willis said.

Willis told his followers that this victory is not the end of the road but the beginning.

“We’re in this fight for the long haul,” Willis said.

On Monday, Wise Smith hit the campaign trail telling voters he wants to be Fulton County’s next district attorney and accused the current district attorney of misconduct.

“We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to what happens in that office. Chaos. Corruption. It is time for us in Fulton County to stand up and take back our justice system,” Wise Smith said.

Two weeks ago, Willis supported a coalition of clergy Outside the historic Big Bethel AME Church and refuted accusations by some Republicans that their prosecution of Donald Trump is politically motivated.

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“No one is above the law either. So I don’t care how rich you are. I don’t care how powerful you think you are. I don’t care how many times they threaten me. I will gladly leave this place knowing that I did God’s work,” Willis said.

Channel 2’s Richard Elliot asked Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint’s opinion on this race.

“I think it can’t help but be a kind of referendum,” Swint said.

He believes Willis remains popular among the Democratic majority in Fulton County and that the controversies surrounding her office and her election interference case actually help her among the Democratic base.

“It’s a bit strange. The way it’s working for Donald Trump on the Republican side, it may work for Fani Willis on the Democratic side in the sense that Democratic voters in Fulton County may actually rally around her because she’s under this kind of attack.” Swint said.

The Republican candidate in the race, Courtney Kramer, is running unopposed. Kramer will now go head to head with Willis in November.

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