The Georgia State Senate approved a plan Friday to redraw the political boundaries that would likely cost a Democratic member of Congress his seat, the latest Republican-led effort to bolster the party’s chances of regaining control of the United States House of Representatives in next year’s midterm elections.
The plan, approved in a party line vote, would dramatically reshape three districts in Atlanta’s eastern and northeast suburbs, all of which are currently in the hands of Democrats.
The victim is likely to be Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathGeorgia Releases Redistricting Proposal Strengthening GOP Power The CBC-led Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys holds first meeting Biden meets vulnerable House Democrats Representatives with the agenda in limbo MORE (D), who won the election for the first time in 2018 in a district that currently includes most of Gwinnett County and some of the most conservative in Forsyth County. Under the new plan, McBath’s seat would move north, handing out voters in Gwinnett County and picking up some voters in Forsyth, Cherokee and Dawson counties.
Gwinnett County gave President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats push vote on social spending plan through Friday Fauci says all adults should ‘go get a boost’ Senate confirms Park Service director after years of sitting bosses MORE 58 percent of the vote in 2020. A smaller county of Forsyth gave President TrumpDonald Trump Republican Senate Candidate Says Fauci Is A ‘Mass Killer’, Should Be Imprisoned Instead Of A ‘Hero’ Rittenhouse Overnight Health Care – Presented By Emergent Biosolutions – Pfizer, The COVID-19 Pill Deal US Strike On The Money – House Democrats Ready To Build Back Better MORE 66 percent of the vote last year, and Dawson County, which would move from the neighboring district of Rep. Andrew Clyde (R), favored Trump by nearly 70 percentage points.
The majority of McBath’s current constituents in Gwinnett County would be represented by Rep. Carolyn Boudreaux (D), the only Democrat to win a Republican congressional seat during the 2020 election. The Boudreaux district, too would maintain a foothold in Fulton County.
Some of Boudreaux’s current constituents in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties would change to a district currently held by Rep. Hank johnsonHenry (Hank) C. Johnson Democrats denounce Biden’s Supreme Court commission Memo: Democrats go to war for ‘awakening’ Draft Georgia Congressional lines point to McBath, shore up Bourdeaux MORE (D), one of the three black majority districts in Georgia.
Republicans have long telegraphed that they were viewing the McBath district as a key takeover opportunity. To accomplish their goal, they relocated slightly less than half of McBath’s constituencies to another district.
Georgia’s latest congressional gerrymander turns a competitive suburban district into a safe Republican one in a transparent tactic to remove a black woman and a fighter from the entire 6th congressional district, regardless of race or party, from Congress simply because Republicans know they can’t compete in the Atlanta suburbs anymore, “said Lauren Groh-Wargo, a senior adviser to Fair Fight PAC, the group affiliated with former state minority leader Stacey Abrams (D).
Democrats will almost certainly sue over the new district lines if the state House follows the Senate’s lead and passes the maps.
The new Georgia lines make some other significant changes to the current limits. Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s Efforts to Minimize the Danger of Capitol Riots Increase Memorandum: Now What for Anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Says She Will Meet With Trump ‘Soon’ In Florida MOREThe (R) district would pick up new voters in the Cobb County suburbs while the Rep. Barry loudermilkBarry LoudermilkOn The Money – Yellen Sounds Alarmed At National Default Republican lawmakers urge Cardona against executive cancellation of student loans. (R) inherits some of Greene’s voters in Pickens County, two moves that are unlikely to reliably alter Republican districts.
Rep. Sanford Bishop (D) likely elected some new Republican-leaning voters; The map of the legislature shifts to Crisp County, which backed Trump with 62 percent of the vote, to Representative. Austin scottJames (Austin) Austin ScottThis week: Democrats start chaotic fall with Biden’s agenda at stake House committee moves to block private funding for National Guard deployments House Republican participates in hearing while driving a car MORE‘s (R) in exchange for Thomas County, which is slightly larger and gave Trump a slightly lower share of the vote, 59 percent.
Bishop won reelection in 2020 in his largely rural and predominantly black district, at the same time as Biden garnered 56 percent of the vote there.
McBath would join a handful of other Democrats in Congress whom Republican cartographers point to political extinction. In North Carolina, Republican maps removed a district held by Rep. Kathy Manning (D) and substantially redesigned a seat held by Rep. GK ButterfieldGeorge (GK) Kenneth ButterfieldButterfield Announces Retirement, Strikes Republican Party Over ‘Racially Manipulated’ Map The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By ExxonMobil – Gosar Censored As Republican Drama Escalates Democratic Rep. Butterfield Will Not Seek Re-election: Report MORE (D), who later announced that he would be withdrawing from Congress.
Democrats in some states have also targeted Republican members for removal. In Illinois, Democrats attracted representatives. Adam kinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTrump Supports Gosar After Censorship Vote McCarthy vows to restore Greene and Gosar to committees if GOP wins House The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Gosar censored as GOP drama escalates MORE (R), one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, and Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodKinzinger: Using ‘fear and darkness’ will win midterm elections in 2022, cost the GOP in the long run Kinzinger’s retirement underscores Trump’s dominance over the GOP Newman announces he will challenge fellow Democrat Casten in Illinois New District MORE (R) in the same district; Kinzinger said he would not seek another term. And Democrats in Maryland are considering a plan that would make the Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter Harris The Maryland Republican says the complaint filed against him for prescribing ivermectin to a patient with COVID-19. (R) vulnerable to a challenge.