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Washington political blogger Jamie Dupree is providing a state-by-state look at congressional races as the Nov. 2 election nears, and here are his observations about two key races in Georgia:
GEORGIA – This state has had little change in its congressional delegation in recent years, but this year could be different, as Republicans hope to take two seats from the Democrats. In GA-8, Rep. Jim Marshall has been a frequent target of the GOP, but he always finds a way to win his conservative district that features Macon and central Georgia. This time, Republicans think Marshall is already toast, pointing at a poll last week that had him trailing by double digits.
The other district in the sights of Republicans is GA-2 in southwest Georgia, where Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) has been in this seat since Bill Clinton’s victory in 1992. Republicans often talk about how they are going to knock out Bishop as well, and then they don’t come close. In 2008, Bishop won with almost 69% of the vote. We’ll see how good the Democratic ground game is in this district or if the Republicans are really about to win the Daily Double in Georgia.
Jim Marshall faces Republican Austin Scott in District 8, and Sanford Bishop faces Republican Mike Keown.
The horse-race in the 8th Congressional District, which covers much of middle Georgia:
– Austin Scott, 50%;
– Jim Marshall, 37%;
– Undecided and other, 12%
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