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14 October 2010

CQ Politics Slides GA-2 Over to the Toss-Up Category

Thursday afternoon, CQ Politics quietly moved the congressional seat held by Democrat Sanford Bishop over to the "Toss-Up" category.

This has been one of the late-developing races of the cycle. Republicans targeted Bishop in the past before a mid-decade redistricting made his seat more secure. But time and a favorable national environment have moved Bishop’s seat back into play.

The rapidly increasing interest in the race from national GOP operatives means Republicans see a real chance in the 2nd district. The Democratic-leaning southwest Georgia district is also a cheap seat to play in for the national party.

A Wednesday report from Roll Call magazine said the National Republican Congressional Committee reserved $200,000 in TV air time to make a play for what was once a safe Democratic seat.