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Is Georgia's 7th District the next big battleground?


Jon Ossoff’s 4-point defeat in Georgia’s 6th District has Democrats optimistic they can compete for another conservative stronghold right next door: a Gwinnett-based district represented by a low-profile Republican who has coasted to easy victories since taking office in 2011.

The growing gaggle of Democrats challenging U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall point to the factors that buoyed Ossoff’s campaign: outrage over President Donald Trump and the perennial promise of fast-changing demographics finally coming true in Gwinnett. At least a half-dozen Democrats are expected to join the race.

What they don’t often mention is that the same elements that hobbled Ossoff in Atlanta’s northern suburbs could cripple Democrats just to the east. Republicans still hold the demographic advantage in the 7th District overall and, as Ossoff’s loss showed, Democrats are still searching for a formula for victory in GOP bastions.

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