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Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux Battle Over A Georgia District


State Representative Donna McLeod, who’s campaigning energetically but lags in fund-raising, can be running in the competition, which could head to a runoff.

The intraparty battle comes roughly a 12 months and a half after Georgia, a longtime Republican bastion, not only helped deliver the presidency to the Democrats, but in addition elected two Democratic senators, cementing the party’s Senate majority. Those victories were propelled by a broad constellation of constituencies, including a surge in turnout by Black Georgians and an intensive rejection of Donald J. Trump within the state’s diverse suburbs.

Ms. McBath is a Black woman from the suburbs of Atlanta who has been embraced by several liberal organizations and a few progressives like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, but she will not be typically seen as a left-wing candidate. Ms. Bourdeaux, a white moderate, was also expert at appealing to those in historically center-right territory. Each represent, in some ways, parts of the sprawling Biden coalition that Democrats are straining to carry together headed right into a difficult midterm election season.

Ms. Bourdeaux is thought to be the more centrist candidate within the race. She joined other House moderates, for example, in saying she wouldn’t support a budget resolution meant to pave the way in which for President Biden’s sweeping social policy package until a bipartisan infrastructure measure became law, a stance that outraged many Democrats who had planned to pair the priorities.

But in contrast to Democratic primaries elsewhere, the first contest in Georgia’s Seventh District has not been a searing ideological fight over the direction of the party, or a race dominated by negative promoting. Each women emphasize issues like protecting abortion rights and voting rights, and so they received a joint endorsement from the Planned Parenthood Motion Fund.

Yet there are clear stylistic and strategic differences as they vie to represent a racially and ethnically diverse district.

Ms. McBath, widely thought to be the front-runner, is running on her personal story, recently earning national attention from distinguished Democrats, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for her starkly emotional testimony about her struggles with pregnancy as she advocated for abortion rights.

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