For members of the Democratic Party, Georgia has not looked this peachy in years. Donald Trump’s margin of victory in the state was lower than both Mitt Romney’s and John McCain’s. And now a special election is suggesting at least one congressional district that has been red for a generation may be turning purple. Whether it will become true blue is now the question. Ready to pit yourself against the experts in the latest edition of The Guesstimator? Read on. The reader with the best guesstimate will receive a free “Democracy Dies in Darkness” T-shirt.
Georgia’s 6th Congressional District spans much of the northern suburbs of Atlanta. The area was staunchly Democratic throughout the 19th century and most of the 20th (when the party was still populated by many “Dixiecrats”). But it went Republican in 1978 with the election of Newt Gingrich. Republican Tom Price represented the district from 2005 until earlier this year, when he was confirmed as President Trump’s secretary of health and human services.
The vacancy has occasioned a special election. Voters will choose from candidates of all parties on April 18, and if none draws 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff election in June. Price’s departure for HHS has also brought a degree of national scrutiny that is highly unusual for a local contest — possibly auguring a cleavage in the Reaganite coalition of business, evangelical and libertarian interests that has cohered in many areas of the country for nearly four decades.
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