President-Elect Donald Trump has set off a special election in the State of Georgia by nominating Representative Tom Price as head of Health and Human Services. Governor Nathan Deal will have to call a special election to replace him. Price’s district was narrowly won by Donald Trump in the presidential race. The Democrats will give this a close look, for sure.
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SPECIAL ELECTION WATCH — Rep. Tom Price picked to lead HHS, by POLITICO’s Jennifer Haberkorn:“Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a leading GOP voice against Obamacare, has been selected as Donald Trump’s pick to run Health and Human Services, a job that will put him in charge of dismantling the historic law, according to several Republican sources. Price, 62, an orthopedic surgeon, is expected to be tapped as early as Tuesday.” Full story.
— Georgia law stipulates that Gov. Nathan Deal will choose a date to set a special election in Price’s GA-06 once he resigns his seat to take control of the Department of Health and Human Services. Georgia primaries include a runoff if no candidate gets to 50 percent of the vote in the initial primary. GA-06 was drawn as a safe GOP district, and President Barack Obama got just 38 percent of the vote there in 2012, versus Mitt Romney’s 61 percent. But: Trump barely beat Hillary Clinton in the district, which lies in the suburbs north of Atlanta; our precinct analysis puts the 2016 presidential results at just 47.7 percent to 47.5 percent. That alone doesn’t mean a local Democrat can win the seat against a local Republican. But Democrats may end up giving the district a closer look than they would have in the past.
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