5 Things to Know About the Georgia 6 Runoff
The Democrats have heavily invested in the race to replace Tom Price to represent Georgia's 6th congressional district. This is their party's last chance for a symbolic victory against President Donald Trump, and their candidate Jon Ossoff has tried to make the race a referendum on Trump's presidency.
Here are five things to know about the runoff this Tuesday.
1. A red district and a special election.
The Georgia special election seems the best chance for Democrats to pick up a deep-red seat. While Trump won the district by only 1 percent in November, Georgia's 6th congressional district usually favors Republicans.
Tom Price, who has become Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services, won the district by 23 percent in 2016, and Mitt Romney won it by the same margin in 2012. Price has won with at least 60 percent of the vote in Georgia 6 since 2004. Republicans have held the seat since 1979, when Newt Gingrich first took the seat.
It was remarkable when Democrat Jon Ossoff won the special election on April 18, taking 48.1 percent of the vote. But since he failed to secure 50 percent plus one, the race went to a runoff.
Ossoff won because the Democratic Party was united behind him, while the Republican Party fractured. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel took second with 19.8 percent of the vote and advanced to the runoff. While the district usually votes Republican, she has a lot more ground to make up than Ossoff does.
2. The Steve Scalise shooter attacked Handel.
James Hodgkinson, the gunman who targeted a congressional baseball practice and put Congressman Steve Scalise in the hospital, penned a rant on Facebook attacking Handel as a "Republican S***" who "wants people to work for slave wages."
In her statement last Wednesday, Handel declared, "My thoughts are with the victims of this morning's despicable, unprovoked attack on the Republican congressional softball team. Representative Scalise is a friend, and my heart goes out to him and his family." She also commended "the heroic actions of the Capitol Police officers who clearly prevented today's attack from being a much bigger tragedy."