1996 United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia

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The 1996 House elections in Georgia occurred on November 5, 1996 to elect the members of the State of Georgia's delegation to the United States House of Representatives. Georgia had eleven seats in the House, apportioned according to the 1990 United States Census.

These elections were held concurrently with the United States Senate elections of 1996 (including one election in Georgia), the United States House elections in other states, and various state and local elections.

Following the United States Supreme Court's ruling in the 1995 case Miller v. Johnson, the Second, based in Southwest Georgia, and then-Eleventh districts, which previously stretched from Atlanta to Savannah, were dismantled after being found unconstitional for violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, according to the interpretation in Shaw v. Reno. As a result, these and neighboring districts were redrawn prior to the 1996 elections.

Though Cynthia McKinney's (D) district (renumbered as the Fourth) remained heavily Democratic, Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2) however became more vulnerable when his district was reconfigured from being a Majority-minority district into a Majority-White district. At the same time, Freshmen Republican Representatives Saxby Chambliss (GA-8) and Charlie Norwood (GA-10) also faced more competitive races when many of the African-American populated areas previously included in the two aforementioned districts were incorporated into each of their districts.

Despite the reconfigurations in the Second, Eighth, and Tenth districts, all three incumbents were re-elected by close margins.


United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 1996[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 1,151,993 53.255% 8 8 ±0
Democratic 1,011,190 46.746% 3 3 ±0
Others 0 0.0% 0 0
Valid votes - -%
Invalid or blank votes - -%
Totals 2,163,183 100.00% 11 11 -
Voter turnout


District Incumbent Party Elected Status Result
Georgia's 1st Jack Kingston Republican 1992 Re-elected Jack Kingston (R) 68.21%
Rosemary Kaszans (D) 31.79%
Georgia's 2nd Sanford Bishop Democratic 1992 Re-elected Sanford Bishop (D) 53.97%
Darrel Ealum (R) 46.03%
Georgia's 3rd Mac Collins Republican 1992 Re-elected Mac Collins (R) 61.11%
Jim Chafin (D) 38.89%
Georgia's 4th Cynthia McKinney Democratic 1992 Re-elected Cynthia McKinney (D) 57.76%
John Mitnick (R) 42.24%
Georgia's 5th John Lewis Democratic 1986 Re-elected John Lewis (D) unopposed
Georgia's 6th Newt Gingrich Republican 1978 Re-elected Newt Gingrich (R) 57.80%
Michael Coles (D) 42.20%
Georgia's 7th Bob Barr Republican 1994 Re-elected Bob Barr (R) 57.80%
Charlie Watts (D) 42.20%
Georgia's 8th Saxby Chambliss Republican 1994 Re-elected Saxby Chambliss (R) 52.56%
Jim Wiggins (D) 47.44%
Georgia's 9th Nathan Deal Republican 1992 Re-elected Nathan Deal (R) 65.55%
Ken Poston (D) 34.45%
Georgia's 10th Charlie Norwood Republican 1994 Re-elected Charlie Norwood (R) 52.34%
David Bell (D) 47.65%
Georgia's 11th John Linder Republican 1992 Re-elected John Linder (R) 64.31%
Tommy Stephenson (D) 35.69%