Bourdeaux lost the nation’s tightest U.S. House race in 2018 to U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who is retiring after that close call, and she boasts a long list of high-profile supporters in her 2020 bid. But Karinshak’s campaign hopes Cleland’s defection is a sign the party establishment is having second thoughts.
A first-term lawmaker who flipped a Republican-held district last year, Karinshak launched her campaign with plans to emphasize her military background. She attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as an intelligence officer during the Gulf War, before graduating from Emory Law School.