Targeted by Georgia GOP, McBath switching to safe Democratic district

Targeted by Georgia GOP, McBath switching to safe Democratic district

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath will run for Congress in a neighboring suburban district after Republicans redrew her congressional seat to be a conservative bastion, a move that will set up a potential showdown against another rising Democratic star in Georgia’s U.S. House delegation. McBath told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she’ll run in the 7th Congressional District, swing territory now held by fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux that has been refashioned by Georgia’s Republican-controlled Legislature into a safe Democratic seat based in Gwinnett County. “I refuse to let Brian Kemp, the (National Rifle Association) and the Republican Party keep me from fighting,” McBath said. “They are not going to have the last word.” The move means she could face a 2022 primary against Bourdeaux, who narrowly captured the seat last year but has alienated some liberals with her centrist stances. Bourdeaux has indicated she’ll seek another term, saying she’ll be “a voice for everyone in this new district.” McBath announced her decision Monday after the state Legislature gave final approval to a new congressional map drawn to make it nearly impossible for the Democrat to keep her current 6th Congressional District seat, which previously spanned from east Cobb County to north DeKalb County. Under the new map , set to soon be signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, her old district stretches northward from Sandy Springs to rural Dawson County. It was drawn specifically to win back one of the two suburban Atlanta U.S. House seats that Republicans lost during […]

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