A special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is widely expected to be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s performance in office.
The Georgia congressional district that has been represented by Republican longer than any other in the state could elect a Democrats to fill a vacancy caused by President Donald Trump’s appointment of Thomas Edmunds “Tom” Price as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The district was represented by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich from 1979 to 1999 and it has been represented by a Republican consistently since that time.
Price was re-elected with 61.7 percent of the vote over a virtually invisible Democratic candidate named Rodney Stooksbury, who got 124,917 votes to score 38.3 percent after being described as the ‘ghost candidate’ by local media.
Price is now leading the charge to deny health insurance to 32,000 constituents of this district and Trump appears to be provoking war on a number of global fronts, including Syria, Russia and North Korea.
That may explain why voters show considerable support for unlikely frontrunner Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is leading a field of 18 candidates.
Polls show Ossoff commanding 45 percent over Republican Karen Handel, who is expected to win if the race heads to a runoff after Georgia’s April 18 special election.
Ossoff is a 30-year-old Democrat who worked as a congressional aide and a documentary filmmaker.
Handel chaired the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and was the first elected Republican Secretary of State. Bob Gray, currently polling second among Republicans is a business executive who currently serves on the board of directors of an Alpharetta IT support company.
The three lead a crowded field of 18 candidates, including four other Democrats, in the race for the traditionally Republican-dominated seat but if Ossoff can win a majority in today’s primary where all candidates are on the same ballot, he will not have to compete in a June 20 runoff.
While Price won re-election by more than 20 points, Trump carried the district by two percentage points over Hillary Clinton last year. If Democrats flip the Republican seat, it would be considered a major loss for the GOP and Trump.
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