Is Georgia’s 7th District the next big battleground?

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall during his first campaign for Congress in 2010, AJC file/Hyosub Shin

Jon Ossoff’s 4-point defeat in Georgia’s 6th District has Democrats optimistic they can compete for another conservative stronghold right next door: a Gwinnett-based district represented by a low-profile Republican who has coasted to easy victories since taking office in 2011.

The growing gaggle of Democrats challenging U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall point to the factors that buoyed Ossoff’s campaign: outrage over President Donald Trump and the perennial promise of fast-changing demographics finally coming true in Gwinnett. At least a half-dozen Democrats are expected to join the race.

What they don’t often mention is that the same elements that hobbled Ossoff in Atlanta’s northern suburbs could cripple Democrats just to the east. Republicans still hold the demographic advantage in the 7th District overall and, as Ossoff’s loss showed, Democrats are still searching for a formula for victory in GOP bastions.

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Joel Rea
Joel Rea

Georgia people are stupid! The republicans keep screwing them, yet they vote against their own best interests!

Bruce Stevens
Bruce Stevens

Haha, spend some more of that left coast money....

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

One of the more interesting findings that came out of the 2016 election in the United States is that voters who never left, or remain close to, their hometowns tended to vote for Trump, while those who moved away were inclined to support Hillary Clinton. Those who choose to leave such communities and find their fortune elsewhere are “ambitious and confident in their abilities. Those who are fearful, conservative, in the social sense, and lack ambition stay and accept decline.”

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

I noticed that those who scream for a "wall" have probably never even seen the southern border, don't travel much, and usually don't own a passport.

GwinnettArt
GwinnettArt

Did Greg forget that Gwinnett supported Hillary last year or that the more conservative parts of Gwinnett are in another Congressional district?  On the other hand the other part of the 7th in Forsyth is still pretty conservative.

Chris Knowles
Chris Knowles

Blukenstein ... really? You really need to come out of the journalistic closet.

Ronnie Garrison
Ronnie Garrison

this makes what - about ten elections in a row you pushed this to narrative to try to help the democrat? starting with at least the last governor and us senate race through the 6th district congressional race. lost every time. seems ajc campaigning for democrats is backfiring

Ronnie Garrison
Ronnie Garrison

didnt take AJC long to start campaigning for the democrats in the next election

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

A few comments on here regurgitating Rush, Sean, Neal and even Alex Jones is not representative of GA-7. Dems have a shot since most of the district has been turning blue. These anti-Dem sheeple are brainwashed and cannot be reasoned with on any level. The good folks jumping into the Dem contest for GA-7 all are better suited to represent the district over a congress person who is only rubber stamping the delusional, very failed Trump Agenda.

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin

Democrats are openly anti white, therefore they can't win!

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

Have enough bleach to wash your white sheets? Change has happened in GA-7 - get over it or move to an Idaho compound.

Elizabeth Chapman
Elizabeth Chapman

Maybe Being American rather than European would be a Good Start!

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

Maybe acting like an educated adult is an even better start -- which has not been the GOP strategy for the past 25 years, but more so, in the past two years. The current rep of GA-7 goes along with the disaster coming out of the White House.

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

Highest ratings in 5 years due to so much negative #covfefe which is this making of this disaster of a so-called president.

Larry Cartee
Larry Cartee

They are as dumb as the Dem in DC people don't like Dem any more

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

I think and hope Georgians are smarter than to elect Democrats.

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

Neal Boortz would like that page you just ripped from his playbook --which was written by Rob Woodall.

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

...or maybe not - GA-7 is purple.

Cheri Hall-Read
Cheri Hall-Read

Why don't you ask Bernie who should run? He will give you an honest answer.

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

Ha! Rush trained you well. #CynicalBS

John Smith
John Smith

YOU LEFT WING RADICALS SAID NOTHING.... You said nothing when Obama used drone strikes to execute people abroad. You said nothing about Russia for 50 years until Trump was inaugurated. You said nothing about Hillary’s campaign manager’s brother being paid $175,000 to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia. You said nothing when Obama engaged in military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval. You said nothing Obama greatly expanded presidential power through the use of Executive Orders. 6. You said nothing when Obama filled his White House with lobbyists after he said he wouldn’t. 7. You said nothing when Obama gave 47 of his fundraisers Administration jobs. 8. You said nothing about the murders and rapes at the hands of illegal immigrants. 9. You said nothing when Hillary’s net worth rose over $100 million as Secretary of State, in part, because her husband took money from foreign governments. 10. You said nothing after Obama’s net worth rose over $10 million as President. 11. You said nothing when Obama’s Justice Dept. Wiretapped/surveilled reporters such as James Rosen and the AP. 12. You said nothing when Obama restricted immigration 6 times with Executive Orders. 13. You said nothing when Obama set a record for deportations. 14. You said nothing when Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac during the Clinton investigation. 15. You said nothing when Hillary was fed debate questions. 16. You said nothing when Obama and Hillary lied about a video and Benghazi. 17. You said nothing when Obama’s IRS abused the rights of taxpayers. 18. You said nothing when Obama’s White House held meetings with lobbyists in coffee shops near the White House to avoid disclosure requirements. 19. You said nothing when Eric Holder sold the guns you hate to criminals and some were used to kill Americans. 20. You said nothing when the Clinton’s took White House property. 21. You said nothing when Hillary laughed off defending a child-rapist. 22. You said nothing when Hillary lied about her private use of a private email server as Secretary of State. 23. You said nothing when Janet Reno, under Bill Clinton, used a tank to kill the Branch Dividians. 24. You said nothing when, on May 13, 1985, a bomb was dropped on a row house in Philadelphia to uproot the black liberation group known as Move, resulting in a fire that eventually burned down 61 houses, killed 11 people (including five children) And injured dozens. 25. You said nothing was Elian Gonzales was forcibly deported using guns. 26. You said nothing when George Soros paid protesters to burn parts of Ferguson. 27. You said nothing about states’ rights until Trump's Executive orders on immigration. 28. You said nothing about Obama’s smoking. 29. You said nothing about the record numbers of people on government assistance. 30. You said nothing about the number of part time and low paying jobs under the Obama recovery. 31. You said nothing when Obama had SWAT teams raid a Gibson guitar factory and seize property, on the purported basis that Gibson had broken India’s environmental laws—but no charges were filed. 32. You said nothing when Obama claimed that the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence” rather than terrorism. 33. You said nothing about when Obama ended some terror asylum restrictions, by allowing asylum for people who provided only “insignificant” or “limited” material support of terrorists. 34. You said nothing when the national debt doubled under Obama. 35. You said nothing when 9 times the Supreme Court unanimously overturned Obama’s expansive use of Executive Power. 36. You said nothing when Obama dismissed charges filed by Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members who were videotaped intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 election. 37. You said nothing when Obama released Guantanamo detainees were released and went back to kill Americans. 38. You said nothing when Obama unilaterally changed Congressional law by Executive Order. 39. You said nothing when Obama fired an inspector general after investigating an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant received by a nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson. 40. You said nothing about the 36 Obama’s executive office staffers that owed $833,970 in back taxes 41. You said nothing when Obama Killed four Americans overseas in counterterrorism operations without a judicial process. So if you are voicing your objections about the months of Trump, I’m sorry... we can't hear you because you said NOTHING before!!! Keep this going! Copy and share on every liberal response!

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

..and those close to you said nothing when you went off your meds.

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

You say nothing when a hostile foreign nation perpetrates the worst attack on our nation since 9/11.

Dan Zaenglein
Dan Zaenglein

Why doesnt the AJC start off with ,"How can we find a Way to eliminate dems from Georgia,forever !".

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Dan Zaenglein. Name just ONE republican bill that's favored citizens over corporate interests in the last 10+ YEARS. There's NONE. Our REPUBLICAN CONGRESS BLOCKED EVERY VETERANS AND JOBS BILL for the last 6 YEARS of Obama's 2nd term and MCCONNELL HAS PUBLICLY BRAGGED & LAUGHED ABOUT it. Washington REPUBLICANS ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO GUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE IN ADDITION TO PASSING THEIR DISASTROUS HEALTHCARE BILL THAT WILL GUARANTEE MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY ONLY. Republican politicians work for the corporations that line their pockets and not for the people who elect them. ANYONE can verify this simply by reviewing republican bills and votes. It's NOT ROCKET SCIENCE ! BTW, there is NOTHING CHRIST LIKE ABOUT ANY REPUBLICAN POLICIES, VOTES, BILLS, or ANY OTHER ACTIONS. If you do proper research with CREDIBLE SOURCES you'll see quickly that republican's actions are the EXACT OPPOSITE OF CHRIST LIKE.

Dan Zaenglein
Dan Zaenglein

Ugh,..keystone pipeline,Kaseys law,voter registration,remove regulations,immigration laws,Right to work laws,why am I wasting my time with you???

Dan Zaenglein
Dan Zaenglein

Christlike???How many fetal body parts did you sell today??Give me a break,that's your sacrament!!

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

Georgians do not like or want socialists or commies--pretty simple

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

except for a few stalinist districts around ATL

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

Here's a formula, come up with a clear platform of ideas to run on. Tell us your plan and how it will be better for the country. Right now you don't have that. What you do have is a bunch of anti capitalist, hate smearing, Globalist idiots who spends all of its time creating diversity and class warfare. You can't and won't win any major elections because real America has rejected what you stand for but you may be to stupid to ever figure that out.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Kris Henningsen. Name just ONE republican bill that's favored citizens over corporate interests in the last 10+ YEARS. There's NONE. Our REPUBLICAN CONGRESS BLOCKED EVERY VETERANS AND JOBS BILL for the last 6 YEARS of Obama's 2nd term and MCCONNELL HAS OPENLY BRAGGED & LAUGHED ABOUT IT. Washington REPUBLICANS ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO GUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE IN ADDITION TO PASSING THEIR DISASTROUS HEALTHCARE BILL THAT GUARANTEES MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY ONLY. Republican politicians work for the corporations that LINE THEIR POCKETS and NOT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ELECT THEM. ANYONE can verify this simply by reviewing republican bills and votes. It's NOT ROCKET SCIENCE !! BTW, THERE IS NOTHING CHRIST LIKE ABOUT ANY REPUBLICAN POLICIES, BILLS, or VOTES. How anyone can CONTINUE TO VOTE AGAINST HIS OWN BEST INTERESTS IS TRULY BAFFLING. \U0001f644

Lou Edna
Lou Edna

Young Democrats are not voting for the bought and paid for.

Brian Pavlich
Brian Pavlich

Best way is to pretend to be a Republican and hide the fact your a communist.

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

How come until Trumps election victory democrats all of the sudden see Russia as the evil empire, when up til then you loved their communist rule. Most recently both Obama and Hillary loved Russia. During the 2012 debates Obama laughed at Romney for his criticism of Russia. Fact is democrats have colluded with and or attempted to collude with Russians against Republicans years. Your dog don't hunt.

Brian Pavlich
Brian Pavlich

I am comparing the democrat party to the communist party.

Brian Pavlich
Brian Pavlich

Constance Rutledge there are pills for your anger. Its not easy being on the losing side, but the tin foil hat stuff is not good for your health. Bottom line is most Americans are capitalists, communism doesn't work in the US.

Mary Minick
Mary Minick

Brian Pavlich Every damn thing she said is true and if anyone has a foil hat on it is you! So sick and tired of the attacks when the facts are right there in your face but you'd rather defend the idiot in charge and continue spewing your venom! None of us like losing but when an election is rigged with the help of the Russians we tend to be angry and so should you! Next it could be your party. This shouldn't be about party at this point but our country and its democracy!

Mary Minick
Mary Minick

Constance Rutledge Good job! Not that he'll listen!

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Brian Pavlich. Do you perceive statements of FACTS as anger ?? How odd

Mary Minick
Mary Minick

Brian Pavlich I think we have Kremlingate in the works right now! Can't wait for "alternative facts" to become reality!

Brian Pavlich
Brian Pavlich

We have a special prosecutor and a good FBI director. We will see who is wearing that hat.

Mary Minick
Mary Minick

Brian Pavlich Yes, we will. Let's touch base after he releases the facts. If I'm wrong I'm big enough to say it... How about you?