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Georgia's 8th Congressional District
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Current incumbentAustin Scott Republican Party
Population693,640
Gender48.9% Male, 51.1% Female
Race63% White, 31% Black, 1.3% Asian
Ethnicity5.7% Hispanic
Unemployment11.6%
High school graduation rate81.6%
College graduation rate19%
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
The 8th Congressional District of Georgia is a congressional district in Georgia.

Georgia's 8th Congressional District is located mainly in south central Georgia and extends north through the middle portion of the state.[1]

The current representative of the 8th Congressional District is Austin Scott (R).

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[2] Austin Scott ranked 5th on the list.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

The 8th Congressional District of Georgia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Georgia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

The 8th Congressional District of Georgia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Austin Scott won re-election in the district.[3]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAustin Scott Incumbent 100% 197,789
Total Votes 197,789
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010
On November 2, 2010, Austin Scott won election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Marshall (D) in the general election.[4]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAustin Scott 52.7% 102,770
     Democratic Jim Marshall 47.3% 92,250
Total Votes 195,020

2008
On November 4, 2008, Jim Marshall won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rick Goddard (R) in the general election.[5]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Marshall incumbent 57.2% 157,241
     Republican Rick Goddard 42.8% 117,446
Total Votes 274,687

2006
On November 7, 2006, Jim Marshall won election to the United States House. He defeated Mac Collins (R) in the general election.[6]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Marshall 50.5% 80,660
     Republican Mac Collins 49.5% 78,908
Total Votes 159,568

2004
On November 2, 2004, Lynn Westmoreland won election to the United States House. He defeated Silvia Delamar (D) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Westmoreland 75.6% 227,524
     Democratic Silvia Delamar 24.4% 73,632
Total Votes 301,156

2002
On November 5, 2002, Mac Collins won election to the United States House. He defeated A. Petrakopoulos (D) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMac Collins 78.3% 142,505
     Democratic A. Petrakopoulos 21.7% 39,422
Total Votes 181,927

2000
On November 7, 2000, Saxby Chambliss won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Marshall (D) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republian Green check mark transparent.pngSaxby Chambliss incumbent 58.9% 113,380
     Democratic Jim Marshall 41.1% 79,051
Total Votes 192,431

Redistricting

2010-2011

This is the 8th Congressional District of Georgia after the 2001 redistricting process.
See also: Redistricting in Georgia

In 2011, the Georgia State Legislature re-drew the congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census.

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[2] Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. ranked 4th on the list, and neighboring incumbent Austin Scott ranked 5th on the list.[2] The article noted that in the redistricting process, controlled by a Republican legislature, many African Americans voters were moved from Scott's district into Sanford Bishop’s 2nd Congressional District, giving Scott a safe Republican seat, and inadvertently giving Bishop a Democratic boost as well.[2]

On August 22, 2011, Georgia's Republican leadership released their proposed Congressional redistricting map. Due to population growth, Georgia gained a 14th Congressional district following the 2010 census. The new district, according to the plan, is located in the northwestern part of the state.[10] Rep. Tom Graves (R) was drawn into the new district, which left 9th District seat open in 2012. After redistricting, the 9th District leaned Republican.[10] In addition, the plan displaced Rep. John Barrow (D), but Barrow (who had been displaced before) moved into the district in order to remain in the 12th District.[10] Rep. Sanford Bishop's (D) district will become a majority-minority district. Also, Rep. Phil Gingrey's (R) 11th District picked up part of Atlanta. Overall, the plan was expected to bolster the Republican majority in the state's congressional delegation.[10]

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