McBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines

Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathHouse passes bipartisan bills to strengthen network security, cyber literacy With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one McBath on Arbery verdict: No decision can 'heal the wounds of losing a loved one' MORE (D-Ga.) is set to run in Georgia's 7th Congressional District after her own district was redrawn, setting up a potential Democratic primary matchup between her and fellow Democratic incumbent Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux. 

The change in districts for McBath comes after Georgia Republicans redrew her seat in the 6th Congressional District to lean heavily Republican. The Georgia state legislature approved the new congressional map on Monday. 

The 6th District originally included parts of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Forsyth counties in Atlanta's suburbs. However, the new map moves the seat north to more rural Cherokee and Dawson counties.

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“I refuse to let (Gov.) Brian KempBrian KempThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud Stacey Abrams launches campaign for Georgia governor Democrats anxious over Abrams silence on Georgia governor bid MORE, the (National Rifle Association) and the Republican Party keep me from fighting,” McBath said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They are not going to have the last word.”

McBath was first elected in 2018 and has been targeted by Republicans looking to unseat her. Bourdeaux, who was elected in 2020, has also been a target of the GOP. The matchup could be one of the most closely watched primaries in 2022, but it will not be the only one. 

In Illinois, Democratic Reps. Marie Newman and Sean CastenSean CastenMcBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines Democrats expect to pass .75T Biden package this week Newman announces she'll challenge fellow Democrat Casten in newly drawn Illinois district MORE are expected to face off after Chicago's suburban districts were redrawn, while in West Virginia, Republican Reps. Alex MooneyAlexander (Alex) Xavier MooneyMcBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines Trump backs one GOP lawmaker over another in West Virginia primary Ethics watchdog finds 'substantial' evidence Rep. Malinowski failed to disclose stocks MORE and David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyMcBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines Trump backs one GOP lawmaker over another in West Virginia primary Lawmakers who bucked their parties on the T infrastructure bill MORE will compete to represent the northern portion of the state. 

Redistricting also appears to have influenced retirements. In North Carolina, GOP maps axed a district once held by Rep. Kathy Manning (D), and substantially redrew a seat held by Rep. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldDeFazio becomes 19th House Democrat to retire Overnight Defense & National Security — Biden officials consider more Ukraine aid Biden, first lady have 'Friendsgiving' meal with military troops MORE (D), who announced last week he was retiring. 

In Illinois, Democrats drew Reps. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerOn The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP MORE, one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, and Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodGOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots Davis passes on bid for governor in Illinois, running for reelection to House McBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines MORE (R) into the same district. Kinzinger has since announced he will not run for another term.