The presidential result has boosted the Democrats into launching a major effort to contest the district. They will attempt to qualify investigative filmmaker Jon Ossoff into the run-off, but he is not the lone Democratic candidate. In fact, four others filed including former state Sen. Ron Slotin, though possibly the strongest alternative Democrat, former state Representative Sally Harrell, did not enter the race.
In all, 18 candidates filed for the special election: 11 Republicans, five Democrats, and two Independents. The special primary is scheduled for April 18th, and will feature all candidates on the same ballot. Assuming none receive a majority vote, the top two will advance to the special general election on June 20th.
Among the Republicans, the top candidates appear to be former Secretary of State Karen Handel, state Sen. Judson Hill, former state Senator, businessman, and retired Army Reserve officer Dan Moody, and ex-Georgia Republican Party chairman Bruce LeVell.