The seat is normally reliably Republican. Secretary Price averaged 76.1% in his seven elections to the House, winning the open seat in 2004 as an unopposed candidate because the Democrats did not even field a nominee.
Such will not be the case for this special election, as Democrats already have four announced candidates, including two former state legislators. The Democratic leadership was hoping to unite behind investigative filmmaker and former congressional aide Jon Ossoff, but the three other candidates will not yield. Ossoff is likely to attract liberal national support.
Nine Republicans have announced, led by former Secretary of State and ex-gubernatorial candidate, Karen Handel. State Sen. Judson Hill is expected to be her main competition to advance to the run-off. Whether the Republicans can send two party members to the June 20th election is debatable, which is precisely why the Democratic Party leaders were attempting to unite behind the one candidate.
Democrats believe they have a shot at winning the special election and look to make this their top conversion prospect among the four Republican seats that will be contested early this year. Despite Rep. Price’s strong performance and career here, and the 6th District being represented by Republicans back to the days of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich along with Mitt Romney notching 61% of the vote here in the 2012 presidential contest, President Trump could only manage a 48.3 – 46.8% victory over Hillary Clinton in this northern Atlanta suburban district.