- Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux is projected to defeat Republican Rich McCormick and win Georgia’s competitive 7th Congressional District.
- The district is home to northeastern Atlanta and eight smaller cities in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.
- The seat is open after Rep. Rob Woodall announced in February 2019 that he would not be seeking reelection.
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Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux is projected to defeat GOP candidate Rich McCormick and win Georgia’s competitive 7th Congressional District.
The seat is held by Republican Rep. Rob Woodall, who announced in February 2019 that he would not be seeking reelection for a sixth term.
Bourdeaux, a Democrat, is a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Public Policy in Atlanta. She temporarily left her teaching role during the 2008 recession to become the director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office.
The Republican candidate, McCormick, is an emergency-room physician who won a heavily-contested Republican primary with seven candidates. During a July trip to Atlanta, President Donald Trump endorsed McCormick and called him “his friend,” according to reporting from the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Georgia’s 7th Congressional District comprises the Northeastern region of Atlanta and the cities of Buford, Norcross, Cumming, Peachtree Corners, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Snellville, and Suwanee.
It also includes parts of the rapidly growing and Democratic-trending Gwinnett County along with a portion of Forsyth County, which has traditionally been reliably Republican.
The district was a conservative mainstay for 25 years, but the district’s politics are rapidly shifting. In 2018, Republican Rep. Woodall narrowly retained his seat against Bourdeaux by just 433 votes.
Georgia’s 7th District, which is very similar to many of the diverse, suburban districts Democrats won back in the 2018 midterms, was a top target for Democrats to flip this year.
Romney easily carried the district by nearly 22 points in 2012 while Trump won it by a much smaller margin of 6.3 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election. 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams carried the district by 1.4 points while Woodall narrowly held onto the seat, according to the Daily Kos.
The money race
According to the Centre for Responsive Politics, Bourdeaux has raised $US2.2 million, or twice the amount of McCormick, who has brought in $US1.1 million so far. With over $US750,000 on hand, Bourdeaux also has more available to spend than her opponent who only has $US105,000 remaining.
What some of the experts say
The race between Bourdeaux and McCormick was rated as “tilts Democratic” by Inside Elections, and “leans Democratic” by The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Centre for Politics.
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