Georgia Republican Rob Woodall won’t seek reelection in 2020

Georgia Republican Rob Woodall won’t seek reelection in 2020
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Rep. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallLatino group urges state lawmaker to make primary challenge to Democrat for Georgia House seat House Budget Republican says Dems request of Trump tax returns is attempt 'to weaponize' tax code GOP lawmaker predicts a Reagan-like immigration bill will land on Trump's desk MORE (R-Ga.), who narrowly survived a tough reelection race last year, will not seek reelection in 2020.

Woodall defeated Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux by a razor-thin margin of 419 votes in one of the closest House races of the 2018 midterm cycle. Democrats are planning to make Georgia's 7th District a top target in 2020.

"Doing what you love requires things of you, and having had that family transition made me start to think about those things that I have invested less in because I've been investing more here,” Woodall said in a Thursday interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bourdeaux, a professor at Georgia State University who formerly ran the Georgia Senate’s budget office, formally conceded the race about two weeks after the election.

Bourdeaux will run again for the seat in 2020 and make a formal announcement on Tuesday, campaign spokesman Jake Best confirmed to The Hill.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE carried Georgia’s 7th District, which extends from the northeast Atlanta suburbs to Lake Lanier, by a little more than 6 points in the 2016 election, but the demographics of the district have changed over the years with an influx of immigrants.

Woodall's district is one of the 33 GOP-held seats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will be targeting in 2020 to try to expand Democrats' House majority.