Update: GOP seeking Daily Double with wins over Reps. Jim Marshall and Sanford Bishop

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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.

Meanwhile, Political Insider’s Jim Galloway reports on a poll in  The Hill newspaper in Washington that says Scott has a double-digit lead over Marshall.

The horse-race in the 8th Congressional District, which covers much of middle Georgia:

– Austin Scott, 50%;

– Jim Marshall, 37%;

– Undecided and other, 12%

Related headline correction: Austin Scott’s divorce records remain sealed; Dec. 6 hearing set

11 comments Add your comment


October 27th, 2010
12:24 am

I do not know why the republicans try to beat Marshall every two years he is a closet Republican already. Look at his voting record. An outed Republican could not have a better voting record. So know matter who wins the republicans will have a vote in that district


October 27th, 2010
4:44 am

Marshall votes Republican when speaker Nancy Pelosi allows him to so he can pretend that he is conservative at home. But, if she needs his vote he would be forced to vote as Pelosi tells him, or he would lose all his congressional committee power and financial support from the national Democrat party. So, he is a shadow liberal whose strings Pelosi can and will pull anytime his vote is needed. That’s the way the committee system works. The speaker hands out and takes away committee appointments, including chairmanships.


October 27th, 2010
5:54 am

I think the voters will reject John Barrow in the GA 12TH Congressional District on Tuesday. Nathan Deal wins by default. The Demos will manage somehow to hold on to control of both Houses of Congress, at least on paper. When they had, sixty votes in the Senate they were not able to have real control. The President was too much of a wimp in dealing with the Senate. His handling of the U. S. Senate was more like a slave who is scared he will displease his masters and lose his privilege of working in the big house.
Jamie Dupree used to be a very good objective reporter. Lately he has been tainted too much by that radio talk show host (mighty whitety) and is hung up on these practically meaningless snapshots in time.


October 27th, 2010
6:26 am

Hank, what have you been smoking? The GOP has 223 seats in the bag and 33 more up for graps. It only takes 217 to control the house. The senate is iffy but in a sunami it is highly possible. And Lexi you hit the nail on the head about Jim Marshall. The people have finally figured him out. His pollnumbers are in the thirties and the dems have pulled out of the race, he’s gone.


October 27th, 2010
7:33 am

Rob and Hank must be smok’n the same weed. Marshall ain’t no where near being a Republican and Hank don’t no what it is to be a slave. Hank, once you give a body shampoo in Chamblee then we return y’all online privileges.

Jayne M. Barker

October 27th, 2010
8:47 am

I will vote on 2 Nov…something different happens every day…Jason Ashford and Austin Scott have had many battles to fight both inside and
outside of their own party. Looks like they are both on the downhill slide to victory. Young men and women in particular have a hard time, regardless of their party in Georgia. Some real heavyweights have Roboed me again lately.


October 27th, 2010
9:00 am

N fact Rob, someone who wish 2 remain anonymous (initials A.S.) said ‘dat Jim Marshall voted with Speaka Pelosi 88% of da time.


October 27th, 2010
9:04 am

Jim Marshall can stay since he voted against Obamacare but Sanford Bishop is one of Ms. Pelosi’s stooges. He needs to go.


October 27th, 2010
10:50 am

Bishop’s Congressional district was made safe by Barnes with his crazy/partisan map the last time the census forced re-districting. Bishop is probably still safe – THIS time. He will need to steal as much as possible and polish his resume, though – his political career will end soon.


October 27th, 2010
10:59 am

Since the AJC no longer lists polls they don’t like under their “Latest from the Pollsters” on the Georgia Politics page – here they are:


Chris Seward

October 27th, 2010
12:21 pm

Thanks, Ralph. You’ll now find a wrap-up of polls on Georgia races tracked by Real Clear Politics under “Latest from the pollsters” on our election page: http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/