Members of the Georgia House on Monday voted for a Congressional Redistricting Map that removes U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA-06) from her current district and paves the way for a Republican to win that seat.
The proposal now goes to Governor Brian Kemp to approve.
Jake Evans announced in June that he would step down from his position to challenge McBath for the District Six seat. Evans, a Republican, chaired the Georgia Ethics Commission.
Evans’ spokesman Brian Robinson told The Georgia Star News on Monday that the new Sixth District map benefits Evans.
“He’s had five months of campaigning, great fundraising, great grassroots support, and he’s really made a lot of headway already. The district goes into Forsyth County where Jake had already been doing some campaigning, even though it wasn’t in the old Sixth District,” Robinson said.
“It’s a solidly Republican district, one that is ripe for an America First conservative like Jake Evans. It’s a great profile for him, and he’s very excited to run in it.”
Robinson said he believes Evans will amass more than $1 million in campaign funds by the end of this year.
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich endorsed Evans’candidacy in August. Gingrich once represented Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.
Republican and former state legislator Meagan Hanson in July also announced her intentions to unseat McBath.
McBath tweeted Monday that she will run in Georgia’s newly created Seventh Congressional District, likely against U.S. Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA-07).
Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) reported Monday that the new boundaries will likely help elect nine Republicans and five Democrats. Georgia voters elected eight Republicans and six Democrats in 2020.
“The law does not require U.S. House representatives to live in the district they represent, and current Ninth District Representative Andrew Clyde, a Republican, is also drawn out of his current seat and into the newly vacant 10th District,” GPB reported.
Members of Clyde’s staff did not return The Star News’ requests for comment about his political future before Monday’s stated deadline.
Republicans hold a majority in the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia State Senate.
Sources said last week that “moderates who want to ‘play nice’ with Democrats have temporarily taken the upper hand over conservatives who want to press the GOP advantage.”
One source, a national GOP strategist, reportedly told Breitbart that certain Georgia Republicans “seem intent on helping Nancy Pelosi retain the speakership.”
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
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