The Special Election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on April 18 is the first chance voters will have to rebuke Trump’s policies. CD 6 includes portions of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Doraville, Tucker, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek Milton and Mountain Park and has been trending more Democratic. In 2016, Trump only beat Hillary Clinton by a single percentage point.
Progressive Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, has emerged as a force in the race. An 11 Alive survey of likely voters shows Ossoff leading the pack of 18 candidates with 18 percent of the vote. Among those who disapprove of Trump, Ossoff polled at 42 percent. In a Special Election, if one candidate doesn’t win 50 percent of the vote in the April 18 election, the top two candidates move on to a runoff election on June 20.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Republicans are unnerved by the swirl of attention surrounding [Jon] Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who has the support of Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson.” After spending $1 million on an attack ad that only made him more likable, Republicans are scrambling to compete with Ossoff for votes.
Even as a political newcomer, Ossoff raised more than $2 million in two months, an unprecedented war chest that solidifies his position as a serious contender. Ossoff’s background is mostly in national security and investigative filmmaking, but he also worked as a Congressional aide. Although he’s been criticized for his youth (he’s only 30), his willingness to fight for progress while fighting back against Trump’s policies is refreshing.
Georgia Special Elections typically have a really low voter turnout — particularly amongst Democrats. However, the hope and excitement surrounding Ossoff’s potential should lead to higher voter turnout. With so many voters already supporting Ossoff, key endorsements from the likes of Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson and a lot of national energy surrounding the race, the Congressional District 6 race is a unique opportunity for Dems to pick up a seat in Congress.