A widening gulf on gun policy shapes Georgia races after primary

The Georgia State Capitol building is seen Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.

ATLANTA - There is no greater divide in Georgia politics than the one over guns. And the primary results last week showed that the clash over firearms policies will only intensify on the road to November's elections.

Democrats rewarded candidates up and down the ballot who broke with party tradition and called for new gun control measures. And they overwhelmingly backed a candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, who called for a ban on assault rifle sales and a repeal of campus gun laws.

Lucy McBath, who became a nationally known firearms control advocate after her son was gunned down, was the leading vote-getter in the 6th Congressional District primary, while candidates running for suddenly competitive suburban legislative seats made new restrictions on guns central to their pitches.

Republicans, meanwhile, didn't just hold the line on gun laws.