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Georgia 8th District

Candidates

Rick Goddard

Rick Goddard (R)

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Jim Marshall*

Jim Marshall* (D)*

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Georgia Snapshot

RCP House Ranking: Leans Dem

Presidential Race: Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Senate Race: Martin (D) vs. Chambliss (R)*
Competitive House Races: GA-8

Key 2006 State Races:
Governor | GA-8 | GA-12

Polling Data

PollDateSampleGoddard (R)Marshall (D)Spread
SurveyUSA10/25 - 10/26634 LV4549Marshall +4

Race Summary

Perpetually vulnerable, Rep. Jim Marshall survived in 2006 by the skin of his teeth. He beat a weak opponent by a wide margin when President Bush won his area in 2004, but that was in a different district, thanks to Texas-inspired mid-decade redistricting. This time, he's running against retired Air Force General Rick Goddard (R), and McCain could do better in the new district than Bush's 61%, making coattails a worry for Marshall.

Previous Election Results

House
2006: Marshall (D) 51, Collins (R) 49
2004: Marshall (D) 63, Clay (R) 37*
2002: Marshall (D) 51, Clay (R) 49*
*Marshall's wins in '02 and '04 were in GA-03

President
2004: Bush (R) 61, Kerry (D) 39
2000: Bush (R) 58, Gore (D) 42