The county has also yet to count what’s estimated to be up to 150 absentee ballots that had been rejected because of alleged signature mismatches, but it’s unclear how many of those were cast in the 7th District race. (Portions of Gwinnett fall in two other congressional districts.)
Gwinnett’s election results will not be finalized until Thursday evening. It is only after the state subsequently certifies those results that Woodall or Bourdeaux could request a recount.
Woodall had for days clung to a 901-vote lead in the contest to represent large swaths of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties in Congress, but Bourdeaux picked up 810 provisional votes on Tuesday and the Lawrenceville Republican 442.
Until this year, Woodall had not faced real competition for his suburban Atlanta seat, regularly winning reelection with upwards of 20 percentage points.
But Democrats targeted the 7th District after Hillary Clinton in 2016 became the first Democrat to carry Gwinnett in a generation. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams won the county by more than 14 percentage points last week, and voters also flipped several Republican-controlled statehouse seats there.
Woodall was cautiously optimistic about his chances of winning a fifth term earlier Tuesday evening but said he was concerned about the continued involvement of the courts in the vote-counting process.
“Having a close election isn’t a bad thing. Having judges decide the election, that is kind of a bad thing,” Woodall said during an interview on Capitol Hill.
“I’ve said from the beginning I was willing to live with whatever vote count folks came up with, and there are lots of scenarios where it doesn’t go our way, but that’s what elections decide,” he added.
Bourdeaux on Sunday joined a federal suit previously filed by several voting rights groups urging Gwinnett to count a cache of previously-discarded provisional and absentee ballots.
“We will continue to fight until every eligible vote is counted,” Bourdeaux spokesman Jake Best said late Monday.