Georgia 7th Congressional District shows how state has become 2020 battleground

Georgia 7th Congressional District shows how state has become 2020 battleground

Carolyn Bourdeaux and Rich McCormickCarolyn Bourdeaux for Congress and Rich McCormick for Congress.In a suburban county northeast of Atlanta, Meliss

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Carolyn Bourdeaux and Rich McCormick

Carolyn Bourdeaux for Congress and Rich McCormick for Congress.

In a suburban county northeast of Atlanta, Melissa Clink has been pursuing an ambitious goal.

“We’ve been working on normalizing being a Democrat in Forsyth County for quite some time,” she said.

Clink is the chairwoman of the local Democratic Party in a county that has long been a Republican stronghold. Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential race by 71.71% and Republican Brian Kemp won the 2018 gubernatorial race by 70.57%.

Neighboring Gwinnett County tells a different story. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the county with 50.20% — the first time Gwinnett chose a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976. In 2018, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams won Gwinnett County by 14 percentage points.

The reliably Republican Forsyth and increasingly Democratic Gwinnett meet in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. In 2018, the 7th District was the closest House election in the nation. Incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Woodall narrowly fended off Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux by 0.2%…



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