The Georgia 6th is an affluent and well-educated district that has elected Newt Gingrich, the former speaker; Johnny Isakson, now Georgia’s senior USA senator; and most recently Tom Price, who resigned in February to join the administration.
Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff are making their final arguments in the Georgia 6th Congressional District race that offers a potential preview of the 2018 midterm elections.
Ms Handel came a distant second to Mr Ossoff in the April election, but the Republican vote had been split among 11 candidates. The early vote is unsurprisingly more Republican this time around.
The Democrats are looking to capitalise on the president’s low personal approval ratings to win Georgia’s sixth district seat. The former Georgia secretary of state is thanking a festive crowd at a restaurant in her hometown of Roswell, Georgia, where she reminds her supporters that Ossoff doesn’t actually live in the district.
1978 – The a year ago a Democrat held this traditionally conservative seat based in Atlanta’s northwest suburbs.
Handel calls this conga-drum-tight race “an all-hands-on-deck situation”.
With a price tag of more than $50 million, both parties are using the House seat as a barometer to gauge their political power in the age of Trump.
There are a total of seven special elections this year to fill six vacant House seats and one vacant Senate seat; and of the three that have taken place already, Republicans have won two.
Another special House election Tuesday in SC is an attempt to flip the seat held by Mick Mulvaney before he was ushered into the Trump administration.
But Democrats saw a chance for victory after Trump carried this affluent, educated district by only 1 percentage point in last year’s presidential election.
Ossoff gained national attention and raised millions of dollars by promising to make Trump “furious“. Most noteworthy: Trump barely edged out Democrat Hillary Clinton here in November. “We want to flip this district, we want to flip 25 districts to get the majority back in the house”, Craig Rusert, an Ossoff volunteer, told CNN.
The most expensive House race in USA history heads to voters Tuesday in suburban Atlanta.
Handel maintained some distance from Trump in the primary but has fully embraced his support and agenda since, including a joint fundraiser.