Five-term Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election next year. The Congressman barely won in November, scratching out a 419 vote victory over former state Senate committee staff director Carolyn Bourdeaux (D).
Immediately upon hearing the Woodall declaration, Ms. Bourdeaux made a public statement saying she intends to run again. Already in the Democratic primary are 2018 congressional candidate and chain store business owner David Kim, and attorney Marqus Cole. A large number of Republicans, including several current and former state legislators, are expected to enter the newly open seat GOP primary.
The Republican nominee should be slightly favored in the general election, but the closeness of the 2018 election suggests that both sides will heavily target this district. Mr. Woodall becomes the third House member to already announce his retirement. The other two are Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Rob Bishop (R-UT).
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