The 6th district lies in the suburbs of Atlanta, an area that’s traditionally gone Republican. In 2016, Price won the district by a massive 23.2 percent spread. The 6th district did vote for Trump, but only by 1.5 percent, compared to 23.3 percent for Mitt Romney in 2012. That suggests Trump could be a serious liability for Republicans looking to hold the seat.

The “jungle primary” provides an avenue for a Democratic challenger.

While the district is far from a slam dunk for Democrats, one quirk of Georgia state election law may provide an avenue for a Democratic challenger to win. In Georgia, special congressional elections are run as “jungle primaries” in which all the contenders, regardless of affiliation, run on one ballot. If no candidate wins a majority — likely given that there are currently 18 candidates signed up to run — the top two contenders head to a runoff election.

The fact that Trump barely carried the district raises questions for Republican contenders looking to fill Price’s seat. Praise Trump too heavily and one risks alienating more centrist Republicans, while distancing one’s self  risks alienating the far right base. The candidates are already divided over how to approach Trump — from the “circumspect,” as Bill Barrow described it for the Associated Press, to contender Bob Gray’s description of himself as a “willing partner” of Trump’s.

 

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