On November 8, 2016, Tom Price was re-elected to the House of Representatives by 23.4 points in Georgia’s 6th district. On February 10, 2017, Price was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a vote of 52-47, supported by every single Republican and opposed by every single Democrat.
On April 18, 2017, Georgia’s 6th district will be holding a special election. While Price won the district by 23.4 points, Donald Trump only beat Hillary Clinton by 1.5 points. Democrats hope that they can capitalize on Trump’s unpopularity to take back this House seat, putting them one step closer to the 24 seats they need to win back the House of Representatives.
Almost 20 candidates have filed to run in the special election. Georgia will be using a “jungle primary” system, meaning that all of the candidates will be on the same ballot. A candidate must receive at least 50% of the vote. If no candidate wins on the first round, a runoff election will be held between the first and second-place candidates. Given the absurd number of candidates, a runoff is extremely likely.
Unfortunately, as Rachel Maddow recently reported, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has had a “meh” attitude about the race. As of February 14, they had no staffers in Georgia’s 6th district and explicitly expressed disinterest in investing in the election. But Georgia Democrats can still volunteer to help the party or one of the five Democratic candidates still running.
Jordan is a political writer, activist, cinephile, proud queer woman of color, and Mad Max: Fury Road fanatic. She’s cautiously optimistic about the future of humanity.