Political chatter around the country focuses on whether the GOP majority Senate and House will flip to the Democrats and the much larger number of women running for office in 2018.
Neither of Georgia’s Republican Senate seats is up for grabs this year. On the House side, Georgia has 14 U.S. Congressional Districts.
Republicans hold a large majority, 10 seats to 4. Incumbents are running for re-election in every district. Two incumbents have no opposition in either the primary or the November general election (there were 3 in 2016). Democrat John Lewis and Republican Austin Scott.
Seven other incumbents run uncontested in the May primary (5 Republicans and 2 Democrats) but all have opposition to retain their seats in November. There were 5 incumbents total in 2016 who were “in” after the primary. That number totals only 2 this year.
Female candidates, 9 this year, have nearly doubled since 2016. Incumbent Karen Handel is the lone Republican woman.
Eight women are running as Democrats, all in currently GOP-held districts including southeast Georgia’s District 1 where Representative Buddy Carter currently holds sway.