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GEORGIA

georgiaPopulation: 10,214,860 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 11, 2016.

Primary: May 24, Run-Off July 26, 2016.

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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. (Pic: Congress)

David Perdue. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: David Perdue (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Budget, Foreign Relations, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeDavid Perdue

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2020.

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

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Johnny Isakson. (Pic: Congress)

Johnny Isakson. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nomineeJim Barksdale
Republican nominee: Johnny Isakson

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Likely Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 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. He was re-elected with 58% in 2010. Isakson is in an early phase of Parkinson’s disease, but is running again in 2016.  The Democrats have their nominee in wealthy investor Jim Barksdale.

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Representatives: 14 Representatives; 4 Democrats and 10 Republicans.

Buddy Carter. (Pic: Congress)

Buddy Carter. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Buddy Carter (R)
Committees: Education, Homeland Security, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nomineeBuddy Carter

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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) took 61% in his first run for Congress in 2014.

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Sanford Bishop Jr. (Pic: Congress)

Sanford Bishop Jr. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nominee: San­ford Bishop Jr.
Republican nominee: Greg Duke

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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 took 59% in 2014 against optician Greg Duke, who is running again.

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Lynn Westmoreland. (Pic: Congress)

Lynn Westmoreland. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Lynn Westmoreland (R)
Committees: Financial Services, Intelligence.

Democratic nomineeAngela Pendley
Republican nomineeDrew Ferguson

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
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. Contractor and State Representative Lynn Westmoreland (b.1950) was first elected in 2004 and had no opposition in 2014, but is retiring. The GOP nominated Mayor and dentist Drew Ferguson. The Dems nominated health worker Angela Pendley.

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Hank Johnson. (Pic: Congress)

Hank Johnson. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nominee: Hank Johnson
Republican nominee: Victor Armendariz

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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 had no opponents in 2014. He is the only Buddhist in the House. The Republicans are running stiller media marketing executive and veteran Victor Armendariz.

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John Lewis. (Pic: Congress)

John Lewis. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nominee: John Lewis
Republican nomineeDoug Bell

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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 had no opponents in 2014. The Republicans are running pastor and businessman Doug Bell.

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Tom Price. (Pic: Congress)

Tom Price. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Tom Price (R)
Committees: Budget (Chair), Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Rodney Stooksbury
Republican nominee: Tom Price

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+14) covers northern suburbs of Atlanta. Physician and State Senator Tom Price (b.1954) was first elected in 2004 and took 66% in 2014. Retiree Rodney Stooksbury is running for the Dems.

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Rob Woodall. (Pic: Congress)

Rob Woodall. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nomineeRashid Malik
Republican nominee: Rob Woo­dall

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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 took 65% in 2014. The Democrats are fielding teacher Rashid Malik.

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Austin Scott. (Pic: Congress)

Austin Scott. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nomineeJames Harris
Republican nominee: Austin Scott

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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 had no opponents in 2014. The Democrats are running private investigator James Harris.

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Doug Collins. (Pic: Congress)

Doug Collins. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Doug Collins

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
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 took 81% in 2014.

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Jody Hice. (Pic: Congress)

Jody Hice. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nomineeJody Hice

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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 with 57%.

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Barry Loudermilk. (Pic: Congress)

Barry Loudermilk. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Barry Loudermilk (R)
Committees: Homeland Security, Science.

Democratic nomineeDon Wilson
Republican nomineeBarry Loudermilk

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 3, 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 without opposition. The Dems are fielding banker Don Wilson.

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Rick Allen. (Pic: Congress)

Rick Allen. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nominee: Tricia McCracken
Republican nomineeRick Allen

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
The district (R+9) covers southeastern parts of Georgia, including Augusta. It is 60% White and 33% Black. Contractor Rick Allen (b.1951) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2014, with 55%. The Dems nominated journalist Tricia McCracken.

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David Scott. (Pic: Congress)

David Scott. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nominee: David Scott
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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 2014.

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Tom Graves. (Pic: Congress)

Tom Graves. (Pic: Congress)

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

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Tom Graves

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
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 2014.

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STATE LEVEL

Nathan Deal. (Pic: State of GA)

Nathan Deal. (Pic: State of GA)

Governor: Nathan Deal (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

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. (Pic: State of GA)

Casey Cagle. (Pic: State of GA)

Lieutenant Governor: Casey Cagle (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Casey Cagle

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
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.

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Brian Kemp. (Pic: State of GA)

Brian Kemp. (Pic: State of GA)

Secretary of State: Brian Kemp (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Brian Kemp

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

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

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Sam Olens. (Pic: State of GA)

Sam Olens. (Pic: State of GA)

Attorney General­: Sam Olens (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Sam Olens

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer and County Commissioner Sam Olens (b.1957) was first elected in 2010 and took 57% in 2014.

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Richard Woods. (Pic: State of GA)

Richard Woods. (Pic: State of GA)

School Superintendent: Richard Woods (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeRichard Woods

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

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

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Gary Black. (Pic: State of GA)

Gary Black. (Pic: State of GA)

Agriculture Commissioner: Gary Black (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Gary Black

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

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

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Ralph Hudgens. (Pic: State of GA)

Ralph Hudgens. (Pic: State of GA)

Insurance Commissioner: Ralph Hud­gens (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ralph Hud­gens

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Businessman and State Senator Ralph Hud­gens (b.1942) was first elected in 2010 and took 55% in 2014.

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Mark Butler. (Pic: State of GA)

Mark Butler. (Pic: State of GA)

Labor Commissioner: Mark Butler (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mark Butler

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

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 2016.
State House: 180 (59D / 120R / 1I). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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