June 20th, 2017
Today is election day for the Georgia's 6th congressional district run-off election. Former representative Dr. Tom Price was recently appointed as the Secretary of Health and Human Services by President Donald Trump. The congressional seat was vacated as a result of the appointment.
Previously a run-off election was held and Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff earned the two highest number of votes forcing this run-off election.
Secretary of State's office reported the highest number of early voting for this election. The democrats filed a law-suit demanding that voting registration be extended for this run-off election. Generally speaking when the registration closes for the special election it is inclusive for the run-off election. A special election Georgia is held to fill an early vacancy through death, resignation, or creation of a new district. Georgia law requires that the candidate who achieves 50% of the votes, plus 1, to be the declared winner. The run-off election is held to include the two candidates who achieved the highest number of votes.
This race has received national headlines and is being watched across the country. It is also the most expensive congressional house race in history. Reports have the cost upwards of $50 million dollars as of yesterday.
The race is important, as are all elections. This race in particular is important because it is a test of President Trump. The democrat party at both the state level in Georgia and nationally have doubled-down on their efforts to resist President Trump. There are no reasons stated other than "we must resist Trump". So far this tactic has resulted in zero wins from two races, winning no elections and flipping no seats.
This election will come down to the the wire.
The polls from several sources have both candidates in a statistical deadlock or winning by just a few points.
Ossoff has been well funded by the national democrat party with the bulk of his campaign contributions coming from California. Less than 10% of the total donations have come from Georgia, and less then 5% have come from the 6th District, a district Ossoff does not live in.
The polls open at 7:00am and remain open until 7:00pm. Early voting ended on Friday and today voters must cast their ballots at their polling place. The 6th District encompasses portions of East Cobb County, North Dekalb and Fulton counties. To determine your district and your polling location, you can view on the Georgia Secretary of State's website using the "My Voter Page" to verify you precinct, polling place, and districts.Channel : NetNewsJournalsGeorgia.sm NetNewsCatster: John Thompson