On Thursday, suburban Atlanta GOP Rep. Rob Woodall announced he wouldn't seek a sixth term in 2020. Woodall is just 48, but his retirement makes some sense: after running an anemic campaign and coming within 419 votes of losing his seat in 2018, Woodall found himself in the minority for the first time in his career. And, he lost out on the House Rules Committee's ranking member slot in favor Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole. Republicans' chances of holding onto the Gwinnett County-based 7th CD may actually improve sans Woodall. Last cycle, GOP strategists privately grumbled that Woodall was asleep at the wheel. Slow to react to a rising blue tide, he raised just $1.2 million to Democratic first-time candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux's $2.9 million — a severe disadvantage in a district covered by the expensive Atlanta market — and refused to go negative. In fact, Woodall waited until four days before Election Day to air his first ever TV ad, a cable spot that extolled the GOP tax cuts and the district's growing diversity but ignored Bourdeaux. Woodall seemed to
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