Andrew Pinson

ATLANTA – Georgia Supreme Court Justice Andrew Pinson was reelected Tuesday night in a rare contested election for a seat on the high court.

Pinson captured 55% of the statewide vote to 45% for former U.S. Rep. John Barrow, according to unofficial results.

Incumbent state Supreme Court justices in Georgia rarely face opposition. In fact, Chief Justice Michael Boggs and Justices John Ellington and Nels Peterson were reelected Tuesday with no opponents.

Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Pinson to the court in 2022 and went to bat for him in the final stages of the campaign. The Republican governor appeared in a TV ad criticizing Barrow, a Democrat who represented an east Georgia congressional district for a decade, for politicizing the non-partisan judicial race.

The Kemp ad followed an ad in which Barrow promised to protect abortion rights if elected.