Georgia Republicans advance map that aims to pick up House seat in redistricting

The Georgia state Senate on Friday approved a plan to redraw political boundaries that would likely cost a Democratic member of Congress her seat, the latest Republican-led effort to bolster the party's chances of reclaiming control of the U.S. House in next year’s midterm elections. 

The plan, approved on a party-line vote, would dramatically reshape three districts in Atlanta’s eastern and northeastern suburbs — all of which are currently held by Democrats.

The victim is likely to be 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), who first won election in 2018 in a district that currently includes parts of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Forsyth counties. Under the new plan, McBath’s seat would move north, surrendering voters in suburban Atlanta for new voters in Cherokee and Dawson counties.

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Forsyth County gave former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE 66 percent of the vote last year, and Dawson County, which would move from Rep. Andrew Clyde’s (R) neighboring district, favored Trump by nearly 70 percentage points.

Republicans have long telegraphed that they were eyeing McBath’s district as a key takeover opportunity. To accomplish their goal, they moved a little under half of McBath’s constituents into another district. 

“Georgia Republicans’ latest congressional gerrymander turns a competitive suburban district into a safe Republican one in a transparent ploy to remove a Black woman and a fighter for all of the 6th Congressional District — regardless of race or party — from Congress simply because Republicans know they can no longer compete in Atlanta’s suburbs,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, a top adviser to Fair Fight PAC, the group affiliated with former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D).

Democrats are almost certain to sue over the new district lines if the state House follows the Senate’s lead and approves the maps. 

The new Georgia lines make few other significant changes to current boundaries. Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE’s (R) district would pick up new voters in suburban Cobb County, while Rep. Barry LoudermilkBarry LoudermilkThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP Georgia Republicans advance map that aims to pick up House seat in redistricting MORE (R) inherits some of Greene’s voters in Pickens County, two moves unlikely to alter reliably Republican districts. 

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Rep. Sanford Bishop (D) is likely to have picked up a few new Republican-leaning voters; the legislature’s map flips Crisp County, which backed Trump with 62 percent of the vote, to Rep. Austin ScottJames (Austin) Austin ScottGeorgia Republicans advance map that aims to pick up House seat in redistricting This week: Democrats kick off chaotic fall with Biden's agenda at stake House committee moves to block private funds for National Guard deployments MORE’s (R) district in exchange for Thomas County, which is slightly larger and gave Trump a slightly lower vote share, 59 percent.

Bishop won reelection in 2020 in his largely rural, heavily Black district at the same time Biden carried 56 percent of the vote there. 

McBath would join a handful of other Democrats in Congress targeted by Republican mapmakers for political extinction. In North Carolina, Republican-drawn maps eliminated a district 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 subsequently announced he would retire from Congress.

Democrats in some states have targeted Republican members for elimination, too. In Illinois, Democrats drew Reps. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKevin McCarthy is hostage to the GOP's 'exotic wing' GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown MORE (R), 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 said he would not seek another term. And Democrats in Maryland are considering a plan that would make Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisGOP lawmaker fined ,000 for failing to complete House security screening Georgia Republicans advance map that aims to pick up House seat in redistricting The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE (R) vulnerable to a challenge.