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Democrat Bourdeaux flips suburban Atlanta 7th Congressional District

By: - November 6, 2020 5:28 pm

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux won Georgia’s 7th Congressional District election, her second try at flipping the seat held for years by Republicans. Stanley Dunlap/Georgia Recorder

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has flipped a suburban Congressional District, according to an Associated Press call this afternoon.

Bourdeaux claimed victory in the 7th District earlier this week, which includes parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, with 187,187 votes, good for 51.2%, to Republican Rich McCormick’s 178,577 votes, or 48.8%, according to nearly complete results.

In 2018, Bourdeaux, a public policy professor who previously served as director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, lost the seat by fewer than 500 votes to Republican Rep. Rob Woodall, who did not seek another term this year.

“We didn’t flip this seat alone,” Bourdeaux said in a Tweet Friday. “Thank you so much to every volunteer, activist, organizer, staffer, and voter who poured their time and energy into this campaign. It’s because of you that we are turning Georgia blue.”

McCormick, a physician and former Marine helicopter pilot, did not immediately provide a comment.

Referencing an apparent technical glitch in Gwinnett County, a campaign spokesman said McCormick would release a statement once Gwinnett has finished its count. Fewer than 5,000 absentee ballots in Gwinnett remained to be counted late Friday afternoon.

Bourdeaux ran on a progressive platform centered on expanding access to health care by fixing the Affordable Care Act, while McCormick offered himself as a small-government conservative who would reduce regulations on businesses.

In debates leading up to the election, the two clashed over health care, especially the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bourdeaux hammered McCormick for not taking the  the virus seriously enough, criticizing him for appearing at events without a mask and promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine.

The race, along with the race for the neighboring 6th District, were among the most closely watched in the country as Democrats are projected to lose House seats while still hanging on to their majority.

In the 6th District, Rep. Lucy McBath, another Democrat, easily won a rematch against the District’s previous member of congress, Karen Handel.

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Ross Williams
Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.