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Democrat Files Lawsuit in Disputed Georgia-7 Race

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Carolyn Bourdeaux, Democratic U.S. House nominee in Georgia's 7th District, made a move late Sunday evening that caught Democrats, Republicans, and the press off guard.

Down by 900 votes out of more than 279,000 cast, Bourdeaux filed a complaint against Gwinnett County (Georgia) election officials for rejecting hundreds of ballots she feels might have made the difference in her contest with Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga.

Georgia State professor Bourdeaux explained to reporters the ballots were rejected for "immaterial" reasons such as failure to list dates of births or changes of address.

Because of the closeness of the contest, Bourdeaux is entitled to request a recount, but her latest legal maneuver was unexpected.

"Woodall has a slight lead and is the likely winner," Matt Towery, a veteran Georgia GOP consultant, told Newsmax. "But the demographics of these Metro Atlanta districts are changing rapidly. Gwinnett County used to be a Republican stronghold. But the county has had a huge jump in its African American population, as well other growing demographic groups that do not tend to vote Republican."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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A move late Sunday evening caught Democrats, Republicans, and the press off guard: Carolyn Bourdeaux, Democratic U.S. House nominee in Georgia's 7th District, filed a lawsuit amid a potential election recount, Newsmax's John Gizzi reports.
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