After narrow victory in 2018, Georgia Rep. Rob Woodall won't run in 2020

Simone Pathe, CQ-Roll Call on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON -- Georgia Rep. Rob Woodall barely survived 2018, and he's decided not to try again in 2020.

The 7th District Republican told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday he will not seek a sixth term.

He held on by just over 400 votes in a recount last fall, narrowly defeating Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux, who's running again. Republicans criticized Woodall for not taking his race seriously. He aired his first TV commercial the week before the election.

Woodall recently lost his father, a factor that he said contributed to his decision to call it quits.

"Doing what you love requires things of you, and having had that family transition made me start to think about those things that I have invested less in because I've been investing more here," Woodall told the newspaper.

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