Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath Hints She May Run for Georgia Governor In 2026

by Gee NY

The political landscape in Georgia could witness a significant shift in 2026 as Democratic U.S. Representative Lucy McBath hints at a potential gubernatorial bid.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McBath is seen by leaders from both parties as a strong candidate for Georgia’s highest office in the upcoming election cycle.

Addressing the speculation on an episode of AJC’s Politically Georgia podcast, McBath emphasized the importance of leadership focused on the needs of Georgia residents.

“Wherever God leads me, I will go,” McBath said, leaving open the possibility of her candidacy.

If McBath decides to run, she may face Republican Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, who has recently garnered attention for his controversial proposal to offer a $10,000 stipend to teachers willing to carry firearms in public school classrooms.

McBath criticized the proposal, calling it “ludicrous and very frightening.” Last year, Republicans aimed to secure a 9-5 majority by redrawing district lines, potentially impacting McBath’s district.

McBath’s entry into politics was driven by the tragic shooting death of her teenage son, a personal tragedy that continues to influence her advocacy. On the podcast, she praised the Biden-Harris administration, stating:

“I think in November it will come down to a matter of all that this administration has accomplished… I truly believe that at the end of the day… people will understand and know that the Biden-Harris administration has provided quality for them.”

This month, McBath secured her party’s nomination for a newly reconfigured west Atlanta-based congressional district, overcoming two Democratic challengers.

This victory marks another milestone in her career, which has been shaped by Republican-led redistricting efforts over the past four years.

While McBath has not made an official announcement, other potential contenders for the 2026 gubernatorial race include Attorney General Chris Carr, former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, who will seek another six-year term.

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