United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2008

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The 2008 congressional elections in Georgia were held on November 4, 2008 to determine who would represent the state of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives, coinciding with the presidential and senatorial elections. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 3, 2009 until January 3, 2011.

Georgia has thirteen seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Its 2007-2008 congressional delegation consisted of seven Republicans and six Democrats. No districts changed party, although CQ Politics had forecasted districts 8 and 12 to be at some risk for the incumbent party.

The General Primary was held July 15, 2008.[1]

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2008
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 1,883,633 50.34% 7 7 0
Democratic 1,858,090 49.66% 6 6 0
Others 309 0.0% 0 0 0
Valid votes - -%
Invalid or blank votes - -%
Totals 3,742,032 100.00% 13 13
Voter turnout 72.01%

All information came from the Secretary of State of Georgia Website.

Match-up summary[edit]

District Incumbent 2008 Status Democratic Republican Write-in
1 Jack Kingston Re-election Bill Gillespie Jack Kingston
2 Sanford Bishop Re-election Sanford Bishop Lee Ferrell
3 Lynn Westmoreland Re-election Stephen Camp Lynn Westmoreland Loretta VanPelt
4 Hank Johnson Re-election Hank Johnson Loren Christopher Collins
Faye Coffield
Jacob Perasso
5 John Lewis Re-election John Lewis Shira Kash
Jeanne Fitzmaurice
6 Tom Price Re-election Bill Jones Tom Price
7 John Linder Re-election Doug Heckman John Linder
8 Jim Marshall Re-election Jim Marshall Rick Goddard
9 Nathan Deal Re-election Jeff Scott Nathan Deal
10 Paul Broun Re-election Bobby Saxon Paul Broun
11 Phil Gingrey Re-election Bud Gammon Phil Gingrey
12 John Barrow Re-election John Barrow John Stone
13 David Scott Re-election David Scott Deborah Honeycutt

District breakdown[edit]

District 1[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 01, 110th Congress.png

Incumbent Republican Jack Kingston (campaign website) won against Democratic nominee Bill Gillespie (campaign website). CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.

Georgia's 1st congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Kingston (incumbent) 165,890 66.5%
Democratic Bill Gillespie 83,444 33.5%
Totals 249,334 100.00%
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 02, 110th Congress.png

Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop (campaign website) won against Republican nominee Lee Ferrell (campaign website). CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Georgia's 2nd congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sanford Bishop (incumbent) 158,435 68.9%
Republican Lee Ferrell 71,351 31.1%
Totals 229,786 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 3[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 03, 110th Congress.png

Republican incumbent Lynn Westmoreland (campaign website) won against Democratic nominee Stephen Camp (campaign website). CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.

Georgia's 3rd congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Westmoreland (incumbent) 225,055 65.7%
Democratic Stephen Camp 117,522 34.3%
Independent Loretta VanPelt (write-in) 3 0.0%
Totals 342,580 100.00%
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 04, 110th Congress.png

Freshman Democratic incumbent Hank Johnson (campaign website) was unopposed on the ballot and easily defeated three write-in challengers. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Georgia's 4th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hank Johnson (incumbent) 224,494 99.9%
Independent Loren Christopher Collins (write-in) 159 0.1%
Independent Faye Coffield (write-in) 35 0.0%
Independent Jacob Perasso (write-in) 6 0.0%
Totals 224,694 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 5[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 05, 110th Congress.png

Democratic incumbent John Lewis (campaign website) ran unopposed. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Georgia's 5th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Lewis (incumbent) 231,368 100.0%
Independent Shira Kash 81 0.0%
Independent Jeanne Fitzmaurice 25 0.0%
Totals 231,474 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 6[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 06, 110th Congress.png

Republican incumbent Tom Price (campaign website) won against Democratic nominee Bill Jones (campaign website), an Air Force veteran and high-tech businessman. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.

Georgia's 6th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Price (incumbent) 231,520 68.5%
Democratic Bill Jones 106,551 31.5%
Totals 338,071 100.00%
Republican hold

District 7[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 07, 110th Congress.png

Republican incumbent John Linder (campaign website) won against Democratic nominee Doug Heckman (campaign website), a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.

Georgia's 7th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Linder (incumbent) 209,354 62.0%
Democratic Doug Heckman 128,159 38.0%
Totals 337,513 100.00%
Republican hold

District 8[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 08, 110th Congress.png

Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall (campaign website) won against Republican nominee and retired Major General Rick Goddard (campaign website).

Marshall survived a challenge from former Republican congressman Mac Collins in 2006 by 1752 votes and was expected to face a tough re-election bid in 2008. Some thought this might prompt him to challenge U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss in Georgia's Senate race, but he decided to stay in the House. Marshall won easily in the primary against music teacher Robert Nowak (campaign website).

On the Republican side, retired Air Force Major General Rick Goddard announced that he would run.[3] His background may have great appeal in a district with a large number of veterans, though Marshall's own military background and well-established credibility on military issues may cancel this out. Other potential Republican candidates were state Senator Ross Tolleson, state Senator Cecil Staton and former congressman Mac Collins, but Goddard ran unopposed.[citation needed]

The present district, which was implemented starting with the 2006 election, would have given George W. Bush 61% of the vote in 2004 (CPVI=R+8).

Georgia's 8th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Marshall (incumbent) 157,241 57.2%
Republican Rick Goddard 117,446 42.8%
Totals 274,687 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 9[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 09, 110th Congress.png

Republican incumbent Nathan Deal won against Democratic nominee Jeff Scott (campaign website). CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.

Georgia's 9th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nathan Deal (incumbent) 217,493 75.5%
Democratic Jeff Scott 70,537 24.5%
Totals 288,030 100.00%
Republican hold

District 10[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 10, 110th Congress.png

Republican incumbent Paul Broun (campaign website) won against Democratic nominee and Iraq War veteran Bobby Saxon (campaign website). CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.

In a 2007 special election, physician Paul Broun, a Republican with libertarian views, won a stunning upset in a non-partisan runoff. On July 15, Broun fended off his Republican primary challenger and state Representative Barry Fleming 71.0% to 29.0%.

Georgia's 10th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Broun (incumbent) 177,265 60.7%
Democratic Bobby Saxon 114,638 39.3%
Totals 291,903 100.00%
Republican hold

District 11[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 11, 110th Congress.png

Republican incumbent Phil Gingrey (campaign website) won against Democratic nominee Bud Gammon (campaign website). CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.

Georgia's 11th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Gingrey (incumbent) 204,082 68.2%
Democratic Bud Gammon 95,220 31.8%
Totals 299,302 100.00%
Republican hold

District 12[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 12, 110th Congress.png

Democratic incumbent John Barrow (campaign website) won against Republican John Stone (campaign website). CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Democrat Favored'.

Barrow won against State Senator Regina D. Thomas in the Democratic primary. In 2006, John Barrow won by only 864 votes against the Republican nominee, former Representative Max Burns. Barrow had defeated then-incumbent Burns in 2004 with 52% of the vote, but in 2007 Burns accepted a job with North Georgia College and State University.

On the Republican side, radio announcer and former congressional aide John Stone won against mechanical engineer and former presidential candidate Ray McKinney and Ben Crystal.

The present district, which was implemented starting with the 2006 election, would have given John Kerry 51% in 2004 (CPVI=D+2).

Georgia's 12th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Barrow (incumbent) 164,562 66.0%
Republican John Stone 84,773 34.0%
Totals 249,335 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 13[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Georgia District 13, 110th Congress.png

Democratic incumbent David Scott (campaign website) won against Republican nominee Deborah Honeycutt (campaign website), who also ran unsuccessfully in 2006. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Democrat Favored'. Scott won against Donzella James in the Democratic primary election.

Georgia's 13th congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Scott (incumbent) 205,919 69.0%
Republican Deborah Honeycutt 92,320 31.0%
Totals 298,239 100.00%
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008

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Preceded by
2006 elections
United States House elections in Georgia
2008
Succeeded by
2010 elections