HHS Secretary Price’s former House seat may soon be in Democratic hands

HHS Secretary Price’s former House seat may soon be in Democratic hands

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Dr. Tom Price at HHS Hearing, photo by Doug Christian
Then-Congressman Tom Price at his Senate confirmation hearing (Doug Christian)

WASHINGTON – The Georgia Congressional seat vacated by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is on the cusp of being occupied by a Democrat for the first time in almost 40 years.

Voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday cast 48.1 percent of their ballots in the 18-candidate bipartisan “jungle primary” for millennial Democrat Jon Ossoff, an investigative filmmaker.

Elections rules stipulate that a candidate must receive at least 50 percent of the vote to win the race.

Ossoff will compete against former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel in a runoff scheduled for June 20.

Less than 20 percent of “jungle primary” voters cast ballots for Handel.

The 6th district encompasses much of suburban Atlanta and until recently was considered a shoe-in for Republicans.

President Donald Trump carried the district by less than 2 percentage points. Four years earlier Mitt Romney won the district by 23 points.

Many political pundits have suggested that Ossoff may benefit from Trump’s low approval ratings, and the young Democrat’s impressive performance on Tuesday may add fuel to that argument.

However, Kansas Democrats last week tried to transform disenchantment over Trump into a win for the Congressional seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo and were unsuccessful.

Democrats are paying close attention to upcoming special elections for the Congressional seats vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (Mont.) and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney (S.C.)

Price represented Georgia’s 6th district for more than 12 years before vacating the seat in February.

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