“It’s no secret why Republicans and the NRA decided I was their number one target. As a black woman, an activist and a mother on a mission, all they want is to stop me telling the truth to power over the gun lobby and the Republican Party in Congress, ”McBath said in a statement that made no mention of Bourdeaux. So let me be very clear: I refuse to resign. “
McBath, a two-time breast cancer survivor, became an advocate for gun control reform after her son was shot and killed by a man in Florida who said her son was playing his music too loud. She ousted then-GOP representative Karen Handel in 2018 – just over a year after Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive special elections for the House of History. She defeated Handel in a 2020 rematch.
Bordeaux, a former budget director of the Georgian State Senate, also ran for office in 2018 and was only able to beat the then representative with 500 votes. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) In a neighboring district. He retired ahead of a 2020 rematch, and Bourdeaux captured the then-open seat in the only undistributed Flip Democrats reached that year. She has run three major county competitions, including a runoff election – though she moved to Gwinnett County just before her 2018 race against Woodall.
The McBath-Bourdeaux matchup will be costly and high-profile, and will be the third primary match between two incumbents. Democratic MPs Sean Casten and Marie Newman will compete in Illinois after lawmakers redefine the counties around Chicago.
And in West Virginia, GOP Representatives Alex Mooney and David McKinley are fighting to represent the northern region of the state, which has lost one of its three congressional districts. Former President Donald Trump backed Mooney last week after McKinley voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.