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WashPost: Georgia Special Election Reflective of GOP Divide

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 11:39 AM

The hard-fought special election in Georgia's 6th district to replace former Republican Rep. Tom Price is causing a lot of head scratching in the Atlanta suburb.

The Washington Post examines the race that could swing either way, a surprise given the district's voting history: a conservative has won every congressional election there since 1978.

There are 11 Republicans and five Democrats running for the seat, and Tuesday's election could determine which one books a ticket to Washington, D.C. to begin working in the halls of Congress. Price's selection for Heath and Human Services secretary caused the vacancy.

With the Republican Party still feuding over what it stands for — last month's scrapped vote on healthcare reform is an example — it's unclear how the vote will play out.

"You've got a miniature civil war going on there," Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma told the Post. "We're all paying attention, since anything can happen in a special election."

That uncertainty may ultimately lead to a Democrat winning. Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old who worked for Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) for five years as an aide and national security staffer, is the leading Democrat to pull off an upset.

Ossoff has enough support to garner the most votes, but he's short of the 50-percent mark. If he wins Tuesday without at least half of the vote, a runoff election between the top two candidates will take place in June that will formally decide who is victorious.

Republican Sen. David Purdue of Georgia told the Post the GOP field in the special election is far too large.

"Having 11 people on our side is like eating our young," he said. "You risk letting the Democrat slide through without a runoff. But I don't think that will happen if we get the turnout."

President Donald Trump has been vocal about the election on Twitter, posting several tweets this week in support of the Republicans in the race.

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