All eyes will be on Georgia’s 6th district tonight, where Democrat Jon Ossoff leads in the polling for the special congressional election. If he wins by 50 percent or more, he will take the seat once held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
“This is not a normal election for the sixth. It’s a referendum on Trump,” said Colt Whittall, a registered Republican who told Think Progress that he plans to vote for Ossoff.
The Georgia 6th is traditionally a Republican district in parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties. Its residents elected Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, to ten terms in congress. No Democrat has won the 6th since 1979.
Today’s special election includes 18 candidates for the seat that Price won by 23 points. However, the president only won the district by 1.5 points. Georgia’s rules require the winning candidate to earn more than the majority of the vote, so if Ossoff is unable to capture 50 percent of the vote today, this election will be treated as a run-off with the top two candidates moving on to another election.
Because of the district’s Republican history, many people believe that Ossoff would not fare as well in a two-way race, and would have to win today to beat the Republican that comes out of the run-off. Currently, four Republicans are in contention for the second place spot.
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