Didn't mean to suggest there was "gamesmanship." Rather, was trying to explain what happens when there aren't applicants or qualified applicants in a district. About 10 years ago, there were 35 districts in the country where no one even applied to USNA. Obviously, those nom slots went unfilled. Since then, USNA had done a lot of outreach and, as of a couple of years ago, there was at least one applicant from every district.
As a general rule, if USNA "really wants" a candidate, that candidate is typically pretty special and is very likely to receive a nomination. However, if a candidate doesn't receive a nom, do not assume USNA will "find one." Without boring folks with a lot of details, there just aren't many extra noms to "find."
As for the OP's comment re Georgia having very few slots . . . every MOC has the same number of slots (5) at USNA, regardless of the size or competitiveness of the state or district. Thus, it's obviously "easier" to get a nom from a Senator in North Dakota than it is from a Senator in California, simply b/c there are a lot more people in CA and the Senators there have the same 5 slots as those in ND (that's 5 at one time at each SA, not 5 per year). That's the way it is and, as Old Navy BGO says, there's nothing you can do about it.
That said, I can promise you that Georgia is not one of the most competitive states. Not saying it isn't competitive, but you'd have to put quite a few ahead of GA in the line, such as CA, NY, FL, VA, MD, TX, NJ, PA . . .