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Race for Tom Price’s Vacant Seat Seen as Bellwether for Resistance | Common Dreams

The fight for Georgia’s sixth district, left vacant by the newly-installed Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, is being seen as the first test of the resistance movement with Democrat Jon Ossof, riding a wave of frustration over President Donald Trump, emerging as the race’s leading contender.

Monday marks the deadline to register for the April 18 special election, and the national organization Swing Left said it is focused on making sure every voter in the district is prepared.

A documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)—who has endorsed him—Ossof is campaigning on an unabashed message of being a thorn in Trump’s side (his campaign slogan is “make Trump furious”) and the race is being seen as a bellwether if the Left can succeed in winning over traditionally conservative districts.

Though Trump won the sixth district by a razor-thin margin of 1.5 percent, it hasn’t voted Democrat since Jimmy Carter was president, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which observed that a low-turnout special election “could hinge on whether [Trump’s] supporters return to the polls—or energized Democrats bent on handing the president an electoral defeat show up in force.”

Source: Race for Tom Price’s Vacant Seat Seen as Bellwether for Resistance | Common Dreams

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