GOP members pick Ralston for 2 more years atop Georgia House

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FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2020 file photo, House Speaker David Ralston holds a news conference after a session in Atlanta. Republicans chose Ralston to return as speaker of the Georgia House for another two years Monday, Nov. 9 supporting his leadership after the GOP retained a majority in last week’s election. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans chose David Ralston to return as speaker of the Georgia House for another two years.

Incoming GOP members of the House voted for Ralston Monday, setting him up to be elected when the new General Assembly convenes in January.

Ralston is already Georgia’s longest-serving House speaker since Tom Murphy reigned for four decades.

Republicans won or lead 103 of 180 House races, down two from the prior term.

Democrats had hoped to gain a majority in last week’s election but fell far short.

Republicans flicked away a challenge from Buford Republican David Clark in choosing Ralston.

Clark is one of a dwindling number of Republicans opposed to Ralston’s leadership.

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