“It’s no mystery why the Republicans and the NRA have decided that I am their primary target. As a black woman, activist and mother on a mission, they would want nothing more than to stop me from speaking the truth to power about the gun lobby and the Republican Party in Congress, ”McBath said in a statement that did not mention Bourdeaux. “So let me be very clear: I refuse to step down.”
A two-time breast cancer survivor, McBath became an advocate for gun control reform after her son was shot dead by a man in Florida who said his 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 election in House history . She easily beat Handel in a rematch in 2020.
Bordeaux, a former Georgia state senate budget manager, also ran in 2018 and came close to 500 votes to beat the then representative. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) In a nearby neighborhood. He retired ahead of a rematch in 2020, and Bourdeaux won the then-open seat in what was the only constituency-related Democratic flip achieved that year. She held three main contests, including a run-off, from the district – although she didn’t move to Gwinnett County until shortly before her 2018 run against Woodall.
The McBath-Bourdeaux match will be expensive and highly publicized and marks the third primary battle to be fought between two incumbents. Democratic Representatives Sean Casten and Marie Newman will face off in Illinois after lawmakers redesigned districts around Chicago.
And in West Virginia, GOP representatives Alex Mooney and David McKinley are fighting to represent the upstate region, which has lost one of its three congressional districts. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Mooney last week, after McKinley voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.