Sister District for Jon Ossoff (GA-06)
WHY IS THIS RACE IMPORTANT?
This is a special election to replace Representative Tom Price, as he resigned to become United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under Trump. Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel, the top-two candidates from the April 18 primary will face off in a second round. This race is being viewed as a referendum on the Trump administration, as it is Democrats’ first chance to deplete the Republicans’ House majority and gain some momentum for the 2018 midterm elections.
HISTORY OF THE SEAT
The district is not one Democrats would normally have any chance of winning. Republicans have held the district, mostly composed of affluent suburbs north of Atlanta, with ease since 1979. Newt Gingrich and Johnny Isakson both held the seat. It has gone red by about 30 points in each of the past five races, including in 2016, when Tom Price won in a landslide. This race could transform politicians’ perception of the political headwinds, which in turn really might have serious consequences for legislating and lawmakers’ willingness to challenge Trump.
April 18, 2017: Election Day
June 20, 2017: Runoff Election