MARIETTA — Democratic attorney Jen Jordan will become the next state senator from the 6th District.

She defeated her rival, pediatric dentist Jaha Howard, also a Democrat, in a runoff election with 10,681 votes, or 64 percent to Howard’s 6,017 votes, or 36 percent, unofficial results show.

District 6 includes portions of Cobb and Fulton Counties. Jordan and Howard got their names on the ballot after facing off against a stable of eight candidates in November’s first round of voting, which included three Democrats and five Republicans.

The fact that two Democrats came out on top was a surprise to many, but Jordan said she thinks it is too early to say whether it constitutes a trend.

But Howard also said he will take solace in the fact that the next occupant of the seat will be a Democrat, which ends Republicans’ super majority in the state Senate.