Georgia elections, 2004
While 2002 was hardly a good year for Democrats, whether in or out of Georgia, the defeat of Governor Roy Barnes and Senator Max Cleland, following shameful campaigns by their opponents, was not the beginning and end of the election. Elsewhere, Democrats Cathy Cox, Mark Taylor, Michael Thurmond, and Thurbert Baker won election by at least 5% of the vote, and in the case of Cox, by more than 25%. Democrats won a majority of seats in both houses of the General Assembly, and Democrats Jim Marshall and David Scott won Georgia's new Congressional districts.
Following the 2002 election, four party switchers shifted control of the Senate to the Republicans. In the House, Republicans attempted a similar shift with the election of a Republican-friendly Democrat, Larry Walker, as Speaker; it failed. Following the 2004 court-ordered redistricting, Republicans boasted that they would persuade more than two dozen House Democrats to switch parties. Yet despite heavy pressure, they found only five, all of whom were conservative Democrats drawn into heavily Republican districts.
Entering the 2004 election, each party is certain of around 50 seats in the House, and of around 10 seats in the Senate, either because their candidates face no challengers or because they face no challengers outside the primary; the remaining seats will be decided by the voters.
In Congress, Democrats are certain to hold four seats: John Lewis and David Scott face no Republican opposition, and Sanford Bishop and Denise Majette's successor face weak Republicans in Democratic districts. The fifth Democrat in the delegation, Jim Marshall, faces the same opponent as in 2002, Calder Clay; Marshall won by little more than 1,500 votes that year, but this year he has outraised Clay, and he has voted conservatively, leaving Clay with no substantial issues. In all likelihood, a sixth Democrat will defeat Republican Max Burns, who faces re-election in a Democratic district.
Primary (July 20, 2004)
|S||Denise Majette *defeated Oxford in Aug. runoff||D||258,469|
|S||Johnny Isakson *winner||R||346,670|
|04||Cynthia McKinney *winner||D||48,512|
|06||Tom Price *defeated Lamutt in runoff||R||29,144|
|08||Lynn Westmoreland *defeated Glenn in runoff||R||43,005|
|12||John Barrow *winner||D||28,110|
|13||David Scott *winner||D||42,498|
|SC||Leah Sears *winner||744,835|
General (November 2, 2004)
|02||Sanford Bishop, Incumbent||D|
|03||Jim Marshall, Incumbent||D|
|09||Charlie Norwood, Incumbent||R|
|11||Phil Gingrey, Incumbent||R|
|12||Max Burns, Incumbent||R|
|PSC||Bobby Baker, Incumbent||R|
(list excludes retiring Congressmen and includes their replacements, **already decided races will list only one name)
Following court-ordered redistricting in 2004, several districts have more than one incumbent.
- Republican Primary
- Republican Primary winner
- Bill Stephens, Incumbent
- Democratic Primary winner
- Kasim Reed, Incumbent