Atlanta’s suburban U.S. House seats are back in the crosshairs

AJC // Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman

Atlanta’s northern suburbs have played host to the nation’s most expensive congressional race and, most recently, its closest.

Originally drawn to be safe Republican seats, Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts have transformed into the political front line as the parties scramble for suburban dominance in the era of President Donald Trump.

They’re almost certainly poised to return to the national forefront in 2020, and the attention is drawing the interest of several of the major players from last year’s congressional races. But those familiar faces will have company.

A free-for-all is forming in the 7th District, which covers parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, now that incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is retiring. Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux, who narrowly lost to Woodall in November, has already launched another campaign. More than a dozen potential candidates are also gauging a run.

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