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ATLANTA – In advance of Tuesday’s election, here’s a quick rundown of how the 13 U.S. House races and one U.S. Senate race are shaping up here in Georgia.
8th Congressional District: If the 2nd Congressional District isn’t an upset, then this race is likely to be. Austin Scott, a Republican, is poised to topple Rep. Jim Marshall, a Blue Dog Democrat. Polls show Marshall trailing by as much as 13 percent. Two years ago, Marshall won re-election with 57.2 percent of the vote.
9th Congressional District: Rep. Tom Graves, a Republican, is running unopposed.
10th Congressional District: Rep. Paul Broun, a Republican, represents Athens, one of the state’s most liberal enclaves. But it’s his support outside of the city that will likely propel him to victory.
11th Congressional District: Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Republican, is running unopposed.
12th Congressional District: Rep. John Barrow, a Democrat, has been flying under the radar thus far. On nytimes.com, FiveThirtyEight pulling 60 percent of the vote compared to challenger Ray McKinney’s 37.4 percent. Like Bishop and Marshall, Barrow is a perennial target of Republicans in Georgia.
13th Congressional District: Rep. David Scott, a Democrat, appears headed to an easy victory, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions, which shows him with 63 percent compared to Republican Mike Crane’s 34.4 percent.
In the U.S. Senate race, Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican, appears headed to victory over Democratic challenger Mike Thurmond, the state’s labor commissioner, and Libertarian opponent Chuck Donovan. If polling predictions hold up, Isakson won’t face a runoff as U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss did in 2008 when he failed to secure more than 50 percent of the vote – the threshold needed to avoid a runoff.