Georgia Resources

Population: 10,214,860 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 9, 2018.

Primary: May 22; runoff July 24, 2018.

Georgia (R+6) was once dominated by Southern Democrats, but the GOP has won pretty much everything here over the past 10-20 years. Meanwhile, Democrats are waiting for Hispanic immigration and an influx of Northerners to turn the state purple. In 2010, the state was 59% White, 29% Black and 8% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 16. Georgia is safe for the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

David Perdue

Senator class 2: David Perdue (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Services, Banking & Housing, Budget.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: David Perdue

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Businessman David Perdue (b.1949) was elected to the Senate in 2014, with 53%.

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Johnny Isakson

Senator class 3: Johnny Isakson (R)
Committees: Veteran’s Affairs (Chair), Ethics (Chair), Finance, Foreign Relations, Health & Education.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Johnny Isakson

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, June 13, 2016:
Real estate manager Johnny Isakson (b.1944) served in the State Legislatire and then in the House for several years before getting elected to the Senate in 2004. Isakson is in an early phase of Parkinson’s disease, but still won 55% in 2016.

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Representatives: 14 Representatives; 4 Democrats and 10 Republicans.

Buddy Carter

District 1
Representative: Buddy Carter (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Buddy Carter

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (R+9) i 2016. Runs along the coastline, from the state border with South Carolina down to Florida. It includes parts of Savannah. It is 64% White and 28% Black. Pharmacist and State Senator Buddy Carter (b.1957) was first elected in 2014 and was unopposed in 2016.

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Sanford Bishop Jr

District 2
Representative: Sanford Bishop Jr. (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: San­ford Bishop Jr.
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (D+6) covers the southwestern parts of the state, including parts of Macon and Columbia. It is 45% White and 49% Black. Lawyer Sanford Bishop (b.1947) was first elected in 1992. He won 61% in 2016.

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Drew Ferguson

District 3
Representative: Drew Ferguson (R)
Committees: Budget, Education, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Drew Ferguson

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (R+19) lies in the central, western parts of the state and is 71% White and 22% Black. It includes southern Atlanta suburbs and the wealthier parts of Columbus. The GOP held the seat with West Point Mayor and dentist Drew Ferguson (b.1966), who won 68% in 2016.

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Hank Johnson

District 4
Representative: Hank Johnson (D)
Committees: Transportation, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: Hank Johnson
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (D+21) contains the eastern parts of Atlanta, with suburbs. It is 31% White and 55% Black. Lawyer and County Commissioner Hank Johnson (b.1954) was first elected in 2006 and won 76% in 2016. He is one of two Buddhists in the House.

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John Lewis

District 5
Representative: John Lewis (D)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: John Lewis
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (D+32) includes appx. ¾ of Atlanta, with suburbs. It is 31% White and 56% Black. Theologian and Civil Rights activist John Lewis (b.1940) has represented the city since winning here in 1986 and won 85% in 2016.

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Karen Handel

District 6
Representative: Karen Handel (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Education.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Karen Handel

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Leans GOP.

Status, June 21, 2017:
The district (R+14) covers northern suburbs of Atlanta. Physician and State Senator Tom Price (b.1954) was first elected in 2004 and won 62% in 2016. He was made Secretary of Health and Human Services in February and the special election June 20 was won by former SoS Karen Handel (b.1962), who took 52%.

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Rob Woodall

District 7
Representative: Rob Woodall (R)
Committees: Budget, Rules, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rob Woo­dall

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (R+14) covers northeastern parts of Atlanta, with suburbs. It is 65% White, 12% Black, 12 Hispanic and 9% Asian. Lawyer Rob Woodall (b.1970) was first elected in 2010 and won 61% in 2016.

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Austin Scott

District 8
Representative: Austin Scott (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Services.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Austin Scott

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (R+15) covers southern and central areas of the state, including parts of Macon. It is 51% White, 17% Black, 17% Hispanic and 12% Asian. Businessman and State Representative Austin Scott (b.1969) was first elected in 2010 and won 68% in 2016.

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Doug Collins

District 9
Representative: Doug Collins (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Doug Collins

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (R+30) covers the northeastern parts of the state, including northern suburbs of both Athens and Atlanta. It is 83% White. Lawyer and State Representative Doug Collins (b.1966) was first elected in 2012 and had no opponents in 2016.

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Jody Hice

District 10
Representative: Jody Hice (R)
Committees: Natural Resources, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jody Hice

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (R+15) covers central and eastern parts of the state, including Athens. It is 69% White and 24% Black. Former radio show host and preacher Jody Hice (b.1960) won the seat in 2014 and had no opponents in 2016.

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Barry Loudermilk

District 11
Representative: Barry Loudermilk (R)
Committees: Financial Services, Administration, Science.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Barry Loudermilk

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+19) covers the northwestern areas of the state including suburbs of Atlanta. It is 72% White, 15% Black and 9% Hispanic. Businessman and State Senator Barry Loudermilk won the seat in 2014 and took 68%in 2016.

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Rick Allen

District 12
Representative: Rick Allen (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Education.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rick Allen

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (R+9) covers southeastern parts of Georgia, including Augusta. It is 60% White and 33% Black. Contractor Rick Allen (b.1951) defeated the incumbent Democrat in 2014 and won 62% in 2016.

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District 13
Representative: David Scott (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: David Scott
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (D+16) covers southwestern parts of Atlanta, with suburbs. It is 35% White and 52% Black. Businessman and State Senator David Scott (b.1946) was first elected in 2002 and had no opponents in 2016.

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Tom Graves

District 14
Representative: Tom Graves (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tom Graves

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
The district (R+26) covers northwestern parts of Georgia and is 82% White. Businessman and State Representative Tom Graves (b.1970) won a special election in 2010 and had no opponents in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The second Monday of January.

The Governor of Georgia is term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, s/he can run for 2 x 4 more years. There are no term limits for the other State Offices.

Nathan Deal

Governor: Nathan Deal (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer Nathan Deal (b.1942) served in the House before winning the 2010 election. He was re-elected with 53% in 2014 and is now term limited.

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Casey Cagle

Lieutenant Governor: Casey Cagle (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, April 13, 2017:
The Lieutenant Governor is nomi­nated and elected separately in Georgia. Businessman and State Senator Casey Cagle (b.1966) was first elected in 2006 and took 58% in 2014. He is running for Governor in 2018.

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Brian Kemp

Secretary of State: Brian Kemp (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Businessman and State Senator Brian Kemp (b.1963) was first elected in 2010 and took 57% in 2014. He is running for Governor in 2018.

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Chris Carr

Attorney General­: Chris Carr (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Jan 16, 2017:
State economic development commissioner and lawyer Chris Carr was appointed to the office in November 2016.

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Richard Woods

School Superintendent: Richard Woods (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Richard Woods

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Former teacher and principal Richard Woods was first elected in 2014 with 55%.

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Gary Black

Agriculture Commissioner: Gary Black (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Gary Black

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Farmer Gary Black was first elected in 2010 and took 58% in 2014.

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Ralph Hudgens

Insurance Commissioner: Ralph Hud­gens (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, July 17, 2017:
Businessman and State Senator Ralph Hud­gens (b.1942) was first elected in 2010 and took 55% in 2014. He is not running for reelection in 2018.

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Mark Butler

Labor Commissioner: Mark Butler (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mark Butler

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
State Representative Mark Butler (b.1970) was first elected in 2010 and took 57% in 2014.

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State Senate: 56 (18D / 38R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.
State House: 180 (62D / 118R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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