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Democrats try to gain ground in deep-red Georgia districts in next week's vote

Georgia Democrats face a key test next week as they compete in a sweep of conservative-leaning districts for the first time as they try to claw into the huge Republican advantage in the General Assembly.

All nine seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s state legislative special elections feature a Democratic contender — no small feat for a party that often doesn’t mount even token opposition in GOP strongholds. Party leaders hope the challengers, despite the long odds, are a taste of what’s to come next year.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.