Republicans in the Georgia House have expanded their majority, adding two south Georgia Democrats to their ranks.
State Representatives Ellis Black and Amy Carter say they’re joining the House Republican Caucus. The two latest defections mean Republicans have 113 seats in the state House, now only seven seats shy of a 120-member supermajority.
There are also 66 Democrats and one independent in the chamber. Black represents Brooks and Echols counties, and says conservative leadership is lacking in the current Democratic Party.
Carter, whose district includes parts of Lowndes county, says she can best represent her constituents as a member of the GOP. In the general election, state House Republicans added three seats. Since then, five rural Democrats have joined the GOP.