Democrats try to gain ground in deep-red Georgia districts in next week’s vote

A scene from the final day of the Georgia Legislature. AJC file photo.

Georgia Democrats face a key test next week as they compete in a sweep of conservative-leaning districts for the first time as they try to claw into the huge Republican advantage in the General Assembly.

All nine seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s state legislative special elections feature a Democratic contender — no small feat for a party that often doesn’t mount even token opposition in GOP strongholds. Party leaders hope the challengers, despite the long odds, are a taste of what’s to come next year.

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