Georgia Democrats Recruit Record Slate of Challengers

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WASHINGTON — At the conclusion of the candidate filing period in Georgia, Democrats are competing in the most Republican-held seats since Reconstruction. Democrats are challenging a total of 22 Republican incumbents in the Senate and 69 in the House.

“We’re going on the offense everywhere this year, and Georgia is no exception,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “The momentum is clearly on our side, and we’ve recruited an incredible group of candidates who are stepping up to fight for progress in their communities. This record-breaking field is an ominous sign for complacent Republicans at all levels of the ballot in Georgia this November.”

Overall, Democrats are contesting 187 races between the two chambers in this year’s elections, the largest state legislative slate in modern history. By comparison, Republicans are fielding challengers in just seven Democratic-held Senate districts and 21 in the House. 

Since Trump’s election, Georgia Democrats gained thirteen seats in the House and three in the Senate, leaving them 16 seats and eight seats shy of a majority in each chamber, respectively. President Trump’s toxic unpopularity among suburban voters has turned Georgia into a battleground at all levels of the ballot, and Democrats are poised to make further gains in Georgia this November.

Both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly are expansion targets in the DLCC’s $50 million Flip Everything campaign to win legislative majorities across the country this year. Since 2016, the DLCC and state Democrats have flipped more than 430 seats and 10 legislative chambers from red to blue.