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Inside David Perdue’s 2020 race for another U.S. Senate term

Inside David Perdue’s 2020 race for another U.S. Senate term

As this year’s midterm battles were heating up, U.S. Sen. David Perdue was quietly laying the groundwork for another crucial campaign: his own re-election bid in 2020. The businessman who surged to office on his outsider credentials in 2014 is preparing for a vastly different sort of election, this one as an incumbent with a growing voting record and deep ties to President Donald Trump. The...
Bourdeaux concedes after 7th District recount adds to Woodall’s margin

Bourdeaux concedes after 7th District recount adds to Woodall’s margin

Hours-long recounts in two counties sent the candidates vying for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District home for Thanksgiving with largely the same results — while simultaneously adding yet another chapter to the turbulent election season in Gwinnett County. Wednesday’s recounts in Forsyth and Gwinnett added a total of 14 votes to the margin of victory for U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville...
7th District: Bourdeaux concedes following recounts

7th District: Bourdeaux concedes following recounts

UPDATE, 5:00 P.M.: Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has formally conceded. “This campaign was about more than me; it was about building community and working for change," she said in a news release. "We moved the needle in this district more than anyone thought possible." UPDATE, 3:50 P.M.: Rob Woodall picked up nine votes in the Gwinnett County recount. Carolyn Bourdeaux...
Georgia 7th: Bourdeaux to request recount 

Georgia 7th: Bourdeaux to request recount 

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux said Friday she plans to request a recount in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, where she appears to have been narrowly defeated by Republican incumbent Rob Woodall.  The Georgia State University professor trailed Woodall by 419 votes, about 0.14 percent of votes cast, as the state prepared to certify its election results on Friday evening.  &ldquo...
Woodall on track to hold onto 7th District seat 

Woodall on track to hold onto 7th District seat 

Lawrenceville Congressman Rob Woodall appeared to narrowly clinch a fifth term in the U.S. House late Thursday in a rapidly diversifying suburban district he had won comfortably just two years ago. The Republican was on track to eke out a 419-vote win over Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux after the Gwinnett elections board finalized its election results during a tension-filled meeting. ...
What Dems’ House takeover means for Georgia lawmakers

What Dems’ House takeover means for Georgia lawmakers

When U.S. Rep. Doug Collins first announced his bid to lead the powerful House Judiciary Committee, the Gainesville Republican presented a vision that included advancing prison reform legislation, overhauling immigration laws and bolstering intellectual property protections.  But Democrats’ House takeover has forced Collins to readjust his pitch to his fellow Republicans. Relegated...
Woodall’s lead narrows in closely-contested 7th District race

Woodall’s lead narrows in closely-contested 7th District race

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux narrowed her deficit in Georgia’s 7th District race late Tuesday after the Gwinnett elections board counted a trove of provisional ballots, all but assuring the state’s only unresolved congressional contest will drag on for several more days.  About 530 votes now separate the Georgia State University professor from incumbent Republican Rob Woodall. That...
Fighting for his political life, Woodall steps up criticism of Dem opponent

Fighting for his political life, Woodall steps up criticism of Dem opponent

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is turning up the heat on his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux as he fights for his political life in the north Atlanta suburbs.  Without mentioning Bourdeaux by name, the Lawrenceville Republican released a statement late Monday saying his 7th District opponent should let local elections officials “do their job.” That came 24 hours after Bourdeaux ...
A lot came together to help McBath score big win for Georgia Democrats

A lot came together to help McBath score big win for Georgia Democrats

Look at the raw numbers from Tuesday’s 6th Congressional District race and you’ll see that U.S. Rep. Karen Handel actually built on the support she received in last year’s special election against Jon Ossoff. Twenty-one thousand more voters in north DeKalb, Fulton and eastern Cobb counties supported the Roswell Republican in the midterms than 17 months ago, when the district...
Being ‘Jordan’s mom’ defines Lucy McBath’s run for Congress

Being ‘Jordan’s mom’ defines Lucy McBath’s run for Congress

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel on Thursday conceded to Democrat Lucy McBath in the 6th District congressional race, a major upset that showcased Democrats’ strength in suburbs once dominated by the GOP.  More here: Ga. U.S. Rep. Karen Handel concedes election to Demcrat Lucy McBath Last year’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District was seen as an...
Karen Handel concedes 6th District race in major Dem upset

Karen Handel concedes 6th District race in major Dem upset

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel on Thursday conceded to Democrat Lucy McBath in the 6th District congressional race, a major upset that showcased Democrats’ strength in suburbs once dominated by the GOP.  “After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel said in a letter to supporters. “Congratulations...
Two congressional district races still in limbo in Atlanta suburbs

Two congressional district races still in limbo in Atlanta suburbs

A pair of competitive congressional races remained too close to call Wednesday, even as Democrat Lucy McBath declared victory over first-term GOP Congresswoman Karen Handel in a suburban Atlanta district that last year played host to the country’s marquee political contest. Handel, R-Roswell, refused to concede the 6th District House race, which as of press time was within 1 percentage point...
Karen Handel concedes 6th District race, congratulates Lucy McBath 

Karen Handel concedes 6th District race, congratulates Lucy McBath 

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has conceded and congratulated Lucy McBath, who will take her seat in Georgia’s 6th District. “After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel said in a statement. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and end her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that...
Two suburban Atlanta congressional races too close to call

Two suburban Atlanta congressional races too close to call

A pair of congressional races in suburban Atlanta remained in limbo early Wednesday morning with razor-thin vote margins separating the candidates. In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Democrat challenger Lucy McBath held a slim lead over incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel. Nearby, in the 7th Congressional District, Republican Congressman Rob Woodall maintained an edge over his...
Outcome still unclear in Gwinnett congressional race

Outcome still unclear in Gwinnett congressional race

A hotly-contested congressional race in Atlanta’s northern suburbs was too close to call early Wednesday.  Only a few thousand votes separated Republican Congressman Rob Woodall and his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux, and confusion abounded after two news outlets declared the race in favor of the latter but soon retracted the call.  Currently outstanding are about 20,000 absentee...
Former Ossoff volunteers try to make Democratic gains in red suburbs

Former Ossoff volunteers try to make Democratic gains in red suburbs

Luisa Wakeman never used to talk about politics. The Cobb County Democrat knew most of her neighbors were dedicated Republicans and she didn’t want to alienate herself. Her first toe dip into the political pool was an event in East Cobb supporting then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.  “We went to the rally and it grew minute by minute,” Wakeman said.  She...
Woodall’s first-ever TV ad a sunny nod to 7th District’s diversity

Woodall’s first-ever TV ad a sunny nod to 7th District’s diversity

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall debuted his first-ever television ad on Friday, a cheerful spot that evokes the growing diversity of his suburban Atlanta congressional district while also emphasizing shared values such as patriotism.  The Lawrenceville Republican’s cable spot doesn’t mention his party, his opponent, President Donald Trump or even the policy issues that have come to define...
Bourdeaux confident she can flip 7th District as election approaches

Bourdeaux confident she can flip 7th District as election approaches

Does Carolyn Bourdeaux think she’ll win in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District? “Yes,” she said simply after a Thursday campaign stop. The Suwanee Democrat is in the home stretch of the race against incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville.  Woodall has laid low throughout the campaign, holding few events and not airing a single television ad.  ...
Where Georgia’s 7th Congressional District candidates stand

Where Georgia’s 7th Congressional District candidates stand

The political gulf between U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, and his Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux is a wide one. The 7th Congressional District opponents disagree on everything from President Donald Trump to the best way to offer health care coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Here is where they stand on several key issues: Woodall is an acolyte of the Fair Tax, a proposal...
Bourdeaux says commitment to public service drives run for Congress

Bourdeaux says commitment to public service drives run for Congress

*** Carolyn Bourdeaux has been running for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District for more than a year, but she hasn’t completely shed her classroom manner. “Come sit down and get comfortable,” Bourdeaux said, motioning to a cluster of chairs assembled in front of her. “I’m a professor, you know I’ll go on for a while,” In a question-and-answer session...
Woodall’s campaign focuses on tax cuts, largely ignores opponent

Woodall’s campaign focuses on tax cuts, largely ignores opponent

*** Perhaps nowhere in the U.S. Capitol is Rep. Rob Woodall more at home than in the cramped offices of the House Rules Committee. After he was first elected in 2010, the Lawrenceville Republican was one of the few freshmen to lobby his party leaders for a slot on the panel, which tends to meet late at night and has the powerful yet often tedious task of teeing up legislation for House floor debate...
Where 6th Congressional District candidates stand

Where 6th Congressional District candidates stand

Sixth District congressional candidates Karen Handel and Lucy McBath agree on little when it comes to Washington’s most pressing policy matters. Here’s where they stand on several top issues: Handel, R-Roswell, was not yet a member of Congress when the House voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but she said she would have supported the GOP’s American Health...
After high-profile victory, Handel has kept head low, focused on work

After high-profile victory, Handel has kept head low, focused on work

*** Last year’s special election made Karen Handel a national star, but the Roswell Republican has largely sought to lie low during her first 15 months in Congress. After being bombarded with attention by the national press corps ahead of last year’s blockbuster 6th Congressional District contest, Handel has appeared to relish the relative anonymity that comes with being a junior House...
Georgia congressional candidates get testy in debate on finances, guns

Georgia congressional candidates get testy in debate on finances, guns

The only televised debate in the 6th Congressional District contest quickly got personal Tuesday after U.S. Rep. Karen Handel confronted her Democratic opponent Lucy McBath, saying she was “misleading” voters about her family’s tax bills and the details of a move to Tennessee. The Roswell Republican said McBath broke the law when her husband received a homestead exemption on a house...
House GOP looks to bolster Handel with last-minute ad buy

House GOP looks to bolster Handel with last-minute ad buy

The cavalry is coming for U.S. Rep. Karen Handel.  The National Republican Congressional Committee waded into the Roswell Republican’s reelection battle for the first time on Monday, reserving nearly $1.4 million in broadcast television ads designed to bolster the freshman lawmaker.  The last-minute ad buy is a substantial one for the NRCC, which spent more than $6.8 million ahead...
Georgia 7th: Why Rob Woodall is feeling bullish about his House race

Georgia 7th: Why Rob Woodall is feeling bullish about his House race

Story updated at 3:00 p.m.  WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s campaign doesn’t tweet. It rarely sends out press statements or widely advertises its district events, nor has it aired any television ads in the 7th Congressional District, a swath of Atlanta’s Northeastern suburbs that includes portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.  The Lawrenceville Republican&rsquo...
Georgia 6th: Handel opponent draws abortion contrast

Georgia 6th: Handel opponent draws abortion contrast

Lucy McBath, U.S. Rep. Karen Handel’s Democratic opponent, is using her latest ad to delve into abortion rights, one of the starkest policy differences in the 6th District Congressional race.  The gun control advocate highlighted Handel’s vote in favor of a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the spot, which debuted today on local network and cable stations...
Dem challengers show off massive fundraising tallies in Ga’s top House races

Dem challengers show off massive fundraising tallies in Ga’s top House races

Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall cruised to reelection in his Gwinnett and Forsyth-based House district, easily defeating a Democrat who challenged him on a shoestring budget.  The financial picture couldn’t be more different in 2018. Carolyn Bourdeaux, his current Democratic opponent, has clobbered him in the fundraising department. Her campaign said Tuesday that she outraised...
Handel’s Dem opponent announces major fundraising bump

Handel’s Dem opponent announces major fundraising bump

The campaign of Lucy McBath said the Democrat will report raising nearly $1 million this summer, a relatively large sum for her quest to unseat U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  The campaign said McBath raised $962,000 between July 5 and September 30. That’s the largest single-quarter fundraising haul from any 6th District candidate since last year&rsquo...
Georgia 7th: Woodall opponent homes in on Obamacare repeal vote in first ad

Georgia 7th: Woodall opponent homes in on Obamacare repeal vote in first ad

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux entered the 7th District congressional race last year with a health care-focused message that drew heavily from her family’s own experience with sky-high medical bills. Now U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s opponent is making clear she plans to double down on the subject in the weeks leading up to the election.  Bourdeaux’s campaign is debuting a 30-second...
Do you really live here? Handel recycles Ossoff attack to ding Dem opponent

Do you really live here? Handel recycles Ossoff attack to ding Dem opponent

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel is reviving one of her most stinging attacks from last year’s special election to hit Lucy McBath, the Democrat vying for her 6th District seat this fall.  The Roswell Republican relentlessly swung at Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff last year for living outside of the congressional district, a “he’s not one of us” argument she credits with...
Georgia 6th: Democrat’s personal story at center of new ad

Georgia 6th: Democrat’s personal story at center of new ad

Sixth District candidate Lucy McBath is banking on her powerful personal story to help win over new supporters, debuting a television ad on Thursday that touches on the loss of her son to gun violence and decades working for a beloved Atlanta company.  The Democratic congressional hopeful’s new 30-second ad recounts the birth of her son Jordan and the gas station encounter that ended...
Handel ad spotlights ‘right-to-try’ vote

Handel ad spotlights ‘right-to-try’ vote

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel wants to talk health care as she seeks a second term in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, but is sidestepping a radioactive debate over Obamacare in favor of something a little more bipartisan.  The Roswell Republican’s second television ad of the midterm cycle focuses on her support of a lower-profile law designed to give terminally ill patients greater...
Why the House GOP’s campaign chief isn’t sweating Atlanta’s hottest suburban races

Why the House GOP’s campaign chief isn’t sweating Atlanta’s hottest suburban races

U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall aren’t keeping one very important Ohio Republican awake at night.  That was the message from U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, on Tuesday as he discussed the House GOP’s prospects for maintaining control of the chamber in November.  “I feel pretty confident we’re going to win...
Handel, Woodall try to focus campaigns on themselves instead of Trump

Handel, Woodall try to focus campaigns on themselves instead of Trump

Many Democrats want to make this year’s midterm elections a referendum on President Donald Trump, but some of the state’s GOP lawmakers are concentrating on something else entirely: themselves. Georgia’s two most-targeted Republican members of Congress have sought to neutralize their opponents’ attacks by keeping their re-election campaigns locally focused. U.S. Reps. Rob Woodall...
Georgia 7th: Woodall, Bourdeaux tangle on fundraising, health care

Georgia 7th: Woodall, Bourdeaux tangle on fundraising, health care

In their first direct encounter of a campaign that’s attracted increased national interest, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall and Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux sat behind a plastic table Monday night in an overcrowded conference room in Peachtree Corners. As the headliners of a forum that also included candidates for state legislative seats and a county commission spot, the contenders...
House Democrats bolster Woodall challenger in 7th District

House Democrats bolster Woodall challenger in 7th District

House Democrats are upping their support of U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s challenger less than eight weeks before voters head to the polls in the Gwinnett- and Forsyth-based 7th Congressional District.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House’s campaign affiliate, on Friday announced it was adding Georgia State University Professor Carolyn Bourdeaux to its Red to Blue...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Democrat plans to continue congressional bid from jail 

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Democrat plans to continue congressional bid from jail 

A Democratic candidate for a north Georgia congressional seat will remain on the ballot this fall, even as he was urged to step down from the race and faces the prospect of being jailed through Election Day.  Steven Foster on Tuesday will go before a Whitfield County judge, who he’s hoping will free him on bond as he appeals his conviction for driving under the influence. But Foster&rsquo...
Georgia 6th: Handel unveils unconventional first ad

Georgia 6th: Handel unveils unconventional first ad

The first television spot commissioned by the campaign of U.S. Rep. Karen Handel this election cycle isn’t necessarily what you’d expect from the battle-hardened Roswell Republican.  It doesn’t talk about Nancy Pelosi or the GOP tax cuts. There’s no mention of Democratic opponent Lucy McBath or even President Donald Trump.  Handel’s return to...
House Dems ramp up investment in 6th District race

House Dems ramp up investment in 6th District race

House Democrats’ campaign arm is planning to bolster its support for Lucy McBath, the gun control advocate taking on U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District this fall.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Wednesday that it has added McBath to its Red to Blue program, which provides organizing and fundraising support to what it sees as its top-tier...
Bourdeaux, McBath win Democratic nominations for U.S. House seats

Bourdeaux, McBath win Democratic nominations for U.S. House seats

A pair of first-time female candidates — one a prominent gun control activist, and the other a college professor — won the Democratic nomination for two suburban Atlanta congressional seats Tuesday, securing spots on the November ballot to face incumbent GOP Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall. In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District — which includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb and...
Dem congressional contests take fiery turn ahead of runoffs

Dem congressional contests take fiery turn ahead of runoffs

Voter suppression. Disloyalty to the party. Political opportunism. Favorite of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Those are all punches that have been thrown in the run-up to Tuesday’s Democratic congressional runoffs, a pair of contests in Atlanta’s northern suburbs that have recently taken a negative turn. Both the 6th and 7th district races started off as relatively sleepy affairs as the first-time...
The 7th Congressional District race: What you need to know

The 7th Congressional District race: What you need to know

Perhaps no congressional district in Georgia has seen demographic shifts quite as profound as the 7th. Spanning portions of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, the district was once lily white and deeply conservative. But an influx of immigrants, particularly in Gwinnett, has heralded a major political shift, demonstrated by Hillary Clinton’s win there in the 2016 presidential race. Despite the changes...
The 6th Congressional District race: What you need to know

The 6th Congressional District race: What you need to know

It wasn’t all that long ago when Democrats had trouble finding any credible candidates to challenge the GOP’s dynasty in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. But the political grounds shifted after Democrat Jon Ossoff, a previously unheard of millennial filmmaker, nearly won the seat in a special election last spring. Ossoff ultimately lost to former Georgia Secretary of State...
Dem. candidates attack each others’ liberal credentials in 6th, 7th District debates

Dem. candidates attack each others’ liberal credentials in 6th, 7th District debates

Tensions ran high at the Atlanta Press Club debate on Thursday, where the candidates facing off for the Democratic nomination in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District attacked each others’ liberal credentials in advance of the July 24 runoff contest. The two candidates have exchanged barbs for weeks. Earlier this month, David Kim, a Harvard alum and teenage magazine publisher, accused...
Karen Handel gets drawn into U.S. House flap over family separations

Karen Handel gets drawn into U.S. House flap over family separations

Temporarily presiding over the U.S. House on Friday, U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, found herself injected into the debate over family separation when U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, refused to turn off a ProPublica recording of children crying in a detention center. Lieu began his six-minute speech of an administration policy that President Donald Trump reversed on Thursday with a...
Lawsuit says Georgia congressional maps dilute black voting power

Lawsuit says Georgia congressional maps dilute black voting power

Georgia is one of three Southern states where a national Democratic group has filed federal lawsuits alleging congressional districts were drawn to limit the political power of black voters. The lawsuit challenges maps approved by the Republican-led Georgia General Assembly in 2011, saying state lawmakers gerrymandered the state’s 14 congressional districts in a way that violates the Voting...
Behind Karen Handel’s rift with Donald Trump over tariffs

Behind Karen Handel’s rift with Donald Trump over tariffs

Karen Handel has blinked. For the first time in a congressional career that is coming up on its first anniversary, she has parted ways — ever so politely — with President Donald Trump. If you are a Handel fan who would like to see the Republican re-elected to the Sixth District seat in November, this is a good thing. Yes, Handel won an expensive, nationalized contest last June against...
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