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McBath wins D7 primary; June runoffs loom for GOP House hopefuls

By: - May 25, 2022 6:42 pm

Georgia Congresswoman Lucy McBath handily beat the 7th District incumbent, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux, with 63% of the vote. Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder (file photo)

Voters in a suburban Atlanta congressional district decisively picked a new Democratic representative, but several other congressional races remain to be settled with a runoff next month.

Georgia Congresswoman Lucy McBath handily beat the 7th District incumbent, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux, with 63% of the vote. The two Democratic colleagues ended up in the same primary after McBath’s neighboring district was redrawn to favor a Republican candidate.

Bourdeaux, who had flipped the district in 2020, conceded Tuesday night. 

“In this election, we were up against millions in outside cryptocurrency super PAC money,” Bourdeaux said in a statement. “However, my campaign was based on showing up and meeting the needs of our community. I am very grateful for the volunteers, staff, and constituents that powered our movement and will be vital to defeating extremist Republicans in November.” 

McBath will face a Republican – either Michael Corbin, who led with 41% of the vote in the GOP primary, or Mark Gonsalves – but the seat is considered a safe seat for Democrats.

McBath’s victory was tempered by a midday shooting at an elementary school in Texas that killed 19 students and two teachers. The two-term congresswoman entered politics after her 17-year-old son Jordan Davis became a victim of gun violence, and she has become a leading advocate for gun safety measures.

“Today is why we act. This victory is why we act,” McBath said on Twitter late Tuesday night. “This is why, after Jordan’s murder, I made a promise to my son, to my family, our entire community, that I would spend the rest of my life fighting to prevent more parents from the heartbreak of losing a loved one.”

All told, Republicans are expected to gain one congressional seat in Georgia through last year’s redistricting as the national GOP attempts to flip control of the House. 

Here’s a look at where things stand with some of Georgia’s other congressional races:

District 6: McBath’s departure from the 6th district opened the door to a crowded field of Republicans. Rich McCormick, the ER doctor who narrowly lost the 7th district race to Bourdeaux in 2020, was the top vote-getter Tuesday with 43%.

McCormick will face Trump-endorsed attorney Jake Evans in a June 21 runoff at a time when the power of the former president’s endorsement hasn’t helped some statewide candidates.

The winner will face Democrat Bob Christian in the fall.

District 10: Another Trump-endorsed candidate, former Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones, has advanced to a runoff in the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, who lost his bid to oust Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Mike Collins, a truck executive, garnered 26% of the vote to Jones’ 22% in an eight-way GOP contest to represent the east Georgia district.

The Democratic race also appears to be going to a runoff featuring Tabitha Johnson-Greene and Jessica Allison Fore.

District 2: This is one to watch for the fall. Longtime Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop’s district in southwest Georgia was redrawn to be slightly more competitive for Republicans.

A six-way GOP primary has been whittled down to two candidates: Chris West and Jeremy Hunt. West received 37% of the vote to Hunt’s 30%. The runoff is expected to be a spirited one.

District 14: As expected, far-right Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has won the Republican nomination after fighting off five challengers. She remains popular in the conservative northwest Georgia district after drumming up a string of controversies in her first term, receiving nearly 70% of the vote. 

Greene faces Democrat Marcus Flowers in the fall. 

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Jill Nolin
Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin has spent nearly 15 years reporting on state and local government in four states, focusing on policy and political stories and tracking public spending. She has spent the last five years chasing stories in the halls of Georgia’s Gold Dome, earning recognition for her work showing the impact of rising opioid addiction on the state’s rural communities. She is a graduate of Troy University.