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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 12:00 AM


“Oh, Colton. You know, there’s not enough words really to describe Colton,” Moore’s Future Business Leaders of America adviser Tonya Gatlin said.

And now there are two more. “State representative.”

“We were neck-and-neck, 50 percent, for quite a while. And then when those final votes came in, that’s when things got exciting,” Moore remembered. Read Moore.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 5:10 AM

Moore gets quick crash course in Georgia politics

Colton Moore's political career started 10 minutes after his upset win Tuesday night.

He stood in the Dade County administrative building, having just knocked off Georgia state Rep. John Deffenbaugh by 325 votes in the Republican primary, when local radio station owner Evan Stone handed him the phone. "I think you need to talk to this guy," Stone said.

State Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, was on the other end. He congratulated Moore, told him he looked forward to working with him.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:30 PM


In Tuesday’s primary, 24-year-old Colton Moore unseated incumbent John Deffenbaugh who has held the position for the last five years. Watch more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:15 PM

Georgia Election 2018: Voters kick out 8 incumbents from Legislature

Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, was defeated by Colton Moore, a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate. There’s no Democratic Party candidate in the race. Read more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:00 AM

Colton Moore unseats state Rep. John Deffenbaugh in Georgia House race

Carried by his hometown, 24-year-old Colton Moore will join the Georgia Legislature, according to unofficial election results.

With all precincts reporting, Moore edged incumbent state Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, 2,184 votes to 1,858 in the state House District 1 Republican Primary on Tuesday. No Democrats are running in the race.

"I don't think it's really sunk in yet," Moore said after seeing the results pour in around 10 p.m. "I still feel like I'm in campaign mode. I feel quite honored. It was essentially Dade County that carried me." Read More.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:30 PM

UPDATE: 24-year-old challenger defeats incumbent for house district 1 in Dade Co.

UPDATE: Colton Moore has won the GOP nomination in District 1 for the Georgia's House of Representatives Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old defeated incumbent John Deffenbaugh, receiving 67% of the vote to Deffenbaugh's 33% in Dade County. Read More.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:15 PM

24-Year-Old Moore Defeats Veteran Deffenbaugh In Georgia House District 1

Twenty-four-year-old Colton Moore defeated veteran House District 1 Rep. John Deffenbaugh in voting on Tuesday.
The University of Georgia graduate won with 54 percent of the vote. Read more.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:00 PM

Moore defeats Deffenbaugh

The final tally was 2,184 to 1,858. By a margin of 326 votes, Colton Moore upset incumbent state Rep. John Deffenbaugh (R-Lookout Mountain) to become the newest ¬– and possibly youngest – member of the Georgia Legislature.

The 24-year-old Republican has no challenger in the November general election, so he effectively was elected as District 1 representative to the Gold Dome.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:00 AM

Dozens of seats in Georgia General Assembly challenged in primaries

Deffenbaugh was defeated by Colton Moore, a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate. There’s no Democratic Party candidate in the race.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:00 AM


TRENTON, Georgia (WDEF) – 24 year old newcomer Colton Moore has upset incumbent State Representative John Deffenbaugh.
District One represents Dade and Walker Counties. Moore defeated Deffenbaugh by just 226 votes in the Republican Primary. Read more.

Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00 AM

Colton Moore Set To Be Youngest Elected Official Ever in District 1

With a campaign budget of $3,500, Colton Moore of Dade County has his sights set on the District 1 Georgia State House election. At 24 years old, he will be the youngest elected official in District 1’s history.

Moore’s incumbent disclosed more than $40,000 in donations received primarily from Atlanta and out-of-district donors making many, including Moore, question the influence of large donations received from those who cannot vote in the election. Read more.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:00 AM

John Deffenbaugh, Colton Moore debate job creation in Rossville, Georgia

Colton Moore and his opponent in the upcoming primary, Georgia State Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, talk about their ideas about infrastructure Wednesday, May 16, 2018 during a forum held at the Rossville Public Library in Rossville, Ga. The event was hosted by the Wilson Road Neighborhood Group.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 12:00 AM

State House candidates debate education funding [video]

During a debate Thursday night, state Rep. John Deffenbaugh and opponent Colton Moore square off as final moments of election near. Voting ends May 22.

Monday, April 9, 2018 5:10 AM

Incumbent invites challenger to spend a day with him at Georgia State Capitol

Colton Moore, at right, listens as State Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, describes what is happening Thursday, March 29, 2018 in the House of Representatives at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga. Moore is Deffenbaugh's opponent in this year's election and was invited by Deffenbaugh to spend last Wednesday and Thursday at the Capitol learning more about what the job of State Representative entails from a first-hand perspective.

Friday, March 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Changing Times: 24-Year-Old UGA Graduate, Colton Moore, Challenges Georgia Republican Leadership

TRENTON, Ga. and ATLANTA, March 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colton Moore (, the 24-year-old Republican candidate for Georgia State House District 1, is shaking things up for the Republican Party as one of the youngest candidates to run in recent times. Moore has his sights set on unseating incumbent, State Rep. John Deffenbaugh, in the Republican Primary for the District 1 Seat.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 9:26 AM

Trucks & Equipment 5-Day Public Auction - Colton Moore

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 2:44 AM

Dade Native Announces Run for State House of Representatives District 1 Seat

Thank you for a great read Mountain Valley Independent! - Click here to read the original article.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:00 PM

19 months after college, Dade County man runs for Georgia State House

Moore is only 24. But he believes he can unseat Deffenbaugh and make a quick impact in the legislature. "The pace that Mr. Deffenbaugh operates in at the state capitol is just too slow," Moore said. "To be a loud voice in Dade and Walker county, we need someone who can take a fast pace and fight in the legislature."

Thank you for your article Tyler. - Colton

Friday, March 9, 2018 12:15 PM

Colton Moore, an Auctioneer from Trenton, Qualified to Run for the Seat on the Republican Ballot

Colton Moore, an auctioneer from Trenton, qualified to run for the seat on the Republican ballot. So that race will be decided on May 22nd.

Friday, March 9, 2018 10:09 AM

According to the GA Secretary of State's website, Colton Moore of Trenton has qualified as a Republican.

NEWS ALERT: According to the GA Secretary of State's website, Colton Moore of Trenton has qualified as a Republican to run against John Deffenbaugh (incumbent) for the Georgia House of Representatives District 1 seat.