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GA Senate approves Congressional map

The Georgia State Senate has voted along party lines to approve a new map of Congressional districts for the state.

The biggest change for the Athens area is that Clarke County will find itself contained within one congressional district again for the first time in nearly a decade if the map passes the House and is approved by Governor Brian Kemp.

The map also gives 9th district Representative Andrew Clyde an interesting choice – to run for re-election in the new 9th district or in the 10th district, which now includes his residence. US Representatives are not required to live in the districts they represent.

But the biggest change to the map is in the Atlanta suburbs, where the 6th district, represented by Democrat Lucy McBath, is now a solid Republican district. That change could set up a heated primary battle in the neighboring 7th district, where McBath could challenge incumbent Democrat Carolyn Bordeaux.

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