AJC: Dem challengers show off massive fundraising tallies in Ga’s top House races

WASHINGTON — Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall cruised to reelection in his Gwinnett and Forsyth-based House district, easily defeating a Democrat who challenged him on a shoestring budget. 

The financial picture couldn’t be more different in 2018. His current Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux has consistently clobbered him in fundraising, and on Tuesday her campaign said it outraised the Lawrenceville Republican’s by a margin of more than three to one between July and October. 

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OZY: A Heavy Republican District is Looking Shaky in the Georgia Suburbs

Georgia’s 7th Congressional district is now the second-most Republican-leaning seat considered to be a true toss-up in our model. The district is 9 percentage points more Republican than the nation as a whole, according to the venerable Cook Partisan Voting Index. The reality on the ground has been muddied by a surprisingly hot contest, says Alex Alduncin, a data scientist for 0ptimus.

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Associated Press: Obama makes endorsements in Atlanta-area congressional races

ATLANTA (AP) — Former president Barack Obama has endorsed the Democrats trying to knock off Republican incumbents in two of Georgia’s most competitive congressional races.

Obama on Monday released a second wave of nationwide endorsements for the upcoming midterm elections in November.

The endorsements include Lucy McBath, running against Rep. Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th District, and Carolyn Bourdeaux, taking on Rep. Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 7th District.

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AJC: Obama endorses metro Atlanta political hopefuls

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama waded into Georgia’s two most competitive congressional races on Monday, endorsing a pair of Democrats who are challenging well-connected GOP incumbents in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. 

Obama backed the House bids of Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux, two first-time female candidates who emerged from competitive runoffs this summer to respectively take on U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall in the 6th and 7th congressional districts. 

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AJC: Bourdeaux Stepping Up Attacks

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux is stepping up her attacks against U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, on one of the core issues of her campaign. The Georgia State University professor hosted a press conference yesterday in which she assailed the four-term congressman for voting repeatedly to repeal Obamacare.

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AJC: Georgia 7th: Woodall, Bourdeaux tangle on fundraising, health care

In their first direct encounter of a campaign that’s attracted increased national interest, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall and Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeauxsat behind a plastic table Monday night in an overcrowded conference room in Peachtree Corners.

As the headliners of a forum that also included candidates for state legislative seats and a county commission spot, the contenders for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District dinged each other for their stances on health care and Medicaid, immigration and fundraising.

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AJC: House Democrats bolster Woodall challenger in 7th District

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House’s campaign affiliate, on Friday announced it was adding Georgia State University Professor Carolyn Bourdeaux to its Red to Blue program, which provides fundraising and organizational support to what it sees as its most competitive recruits. 

The DCCC said Bourdeaux landed a spot in the program by “surpassing aggressive goals for grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization and fundraising.”

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Bourdeaux Holds Early Lead Against Woodall in GA-07

Today, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Democratic nominee for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, released a poll of the general election matchup, showing her with a slight lead in an overall dead heat with incumbent Rob Woodall.

The poll shows Bourdeaux leads Woodall 46 percent to 44 percent, with 10 percent of voters undecided. Tulchin Research conducted the poll between August 9 and 13, surveying 400 likely general election voters.

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Roll Call: Democratic Internal Poll Shows Dead Heat In Georgia’s 7th District

An internal poll from Rep. Rob Woodall’s Democratic challenger shows the Republican incumbent could be losing in Georgia’s 7th District.

The poll from Carolyn Bourdeaux’s campaign conducted by Tulchin Research between August 9 and August 13 surveyed 400 likely voters from landlines and cell phones.

Bourdeaux had the support of 46 percent of likely voters compared with Woodall’s 44 percent, but that margin is well within the 4.9 percentage point error wickets for the survey.

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