The first draft of a proposal to redraw congressional district boundaries in Georgia shows Republicans are aiming to knock off Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathBiden meets with vulnerable House Democrats with agenda in limbo Early redistricting plans show GOP retrenching for long haul Draft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux MORE (D) in a high-stakes battle for control of suburban communities surrounding Atlanta.
The maps, released by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) and state Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R), who chairs the Senate Redistricting Committee, show Republicans plan to move McBath’s district into Forsyth County, a suburban area northeast of Atlanta, and out of DeKalb County, to the south.
DeKalb County gave President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act: a bill long overdue MORE 83 percent of the vote in 2020. Forsyth County favored former President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE by a 2-to-1 margin. Much of McBath’s old stronghold in DeKalb would be drawn into Rep. Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonDraft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux Overnight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Defense bill takes center stage MORE’s (D) already heavily Democratic seat.
The move likely shores up at least one freshman member of Congress, Rep. Carolyn BourdeauxCarolyn BourdeauxClub for Growth squeezes front-line Democrats on reconciliation plan Draft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux WHIP LIST: How House Democrats, Republicans say they'll vote on infrastructure bill MORE, one of the only Democrats to win a district last year previously held by a Republican. Bourdeaux lost a 2018 race against then-Rep. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallDraft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux The tale of the last bipartisan unicorns McCarthy guarantees GOP will take back House in 2022 MORE (R) by just 433 votes before storming back to win the open seat in 2020.
Bourdeaux's 7th Congressional District would be redrawn almost entirely into southern Gwinnett County, which abuts both Forsyth and DeKalb. Biden carried Gwinnett County as a whole by an 18-point margin in 2020.
The proposed maps make only minor changes to Georgia’s other 12 districts and Georgia retains the same number of House seats. Duncan and Kennedy did not release data tables associated with the maps, though it is unlikely that any other of Georgia’s seats would change substantially based on their geographic outlines.
“It is clear that this map not only meets principles of redistricting, but we are proud to present a map that regardless of political party, Georgians can be proud of,” Duncan said in a statement. “Ensuring that any maps we produce are fair, compact and keep communities of interest together, will continue to be of upmost [sic] importance.”
The maps are by no means finalized: Gov. Brian KempBrian KempI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Arbery murder trial set to begin this week MORE (R) has called legislators back to Atlanta to consider redistricting changes in a special session that begins Nov. 3.
The Georgia Democratic Party declined to comment on the proposed maps.
Georgia grew rapidly over the last decade, according to data released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau, with most of that growth in and around Atlanta. At the beginning of the last decade, Republicans held nine of the state’s 14 districts, a figure that grew to 10 when Rep. John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowDraft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Republican wins Georgia secretary of state runoff to replace Kemp MORE (D) retired in 2014.
But the growing Atlanta area has turned more blue in recent years: McBath beat then-Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelDraft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux Ossoff defeats Perdue in Georgia Senate runoff McBath wins rematch against Handel in Georgia House race MORE (R) in 2018, and Bourdeaux won her seat two years later.
In 2020, Biden became the first Democrat to carry Georgia’s 16 electoral votes since former President Clinton in 1992. Biden beat Trump there by just under 12,000 votes.
Two months later, Democrats Jon OssoffJon OssoffManchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion Thune endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race Will Trump choose megalomania over country? MORE and Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDemocrats face critical 72 hours Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion Manchin says framework 'should' be possible this week MORE delivered stunning upsets against then-Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueWill Trump choose megalomania over country? I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Draft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux MORE (R) and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThune endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race Will Trump choose megalomania over country? I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE (R) in runoff elections, becoming the first Democrats to win Senate seats in Georgia since Max Cleland won a single term in 1996.