Poll conducted by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The party has added 82 challengers to the program so far this cycle, a show of how bullish Democrats feel about the political climate as they seek to retake control of the House this year.
The 7th District contest has gotten far less attention than the faceoff in the neighboring 6th but is considered a potential sleeper race by some in Washington given Bourdeaux's fundraising advantage and changing demographics in Gwinnett County. The Bourdeaux campaign released an internal poll last month showing her and Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, in a tight race.
The suburban district, however, is still considered reliably Republican, and Woodall as an incumbent enjoys considerable political and organizational advantages.
On the campaign trial, Woodall has projected confidence and largely ignored Bourdeaux. He’s instead highlighted recent legislative work on issues such as taxes and transportation.
Woodall pointed to voter turnout numbers in this spring’s primary as cause for optimism in a recent interview .
“Yes, we’re seeing more activity on the left in the 7th District of Georgia than I’ve seen in my lifetime, and yet when it comes to primary voting, (Democrats) underperformed Republicans by more than 10,000 votes,” Woodall said.
The DCCC's stepped-up investment marks a turnaround for the party in the 7th District. House Democrats passed on the chance to back Bourdeaux six weeks ago, when they added 6th District Democratic challenger Lucy McBath to the Red to Blue program.
The Cook Political Report, the non-partisan election analysis site, ranks the 7th District seat as “likely Republican.” Yet Lujan on Thursday said the 7th District is one that has been “regularly brought to our attention” by allies in Georgia.
“Each and every one of our Democratic colleagues … believe that this race is very much alive, and I put my faith in my colleagues in the direction that they’ve given me,” he said.
Bourdeaux on Friday called it an “honor” to be added to the program.