MARIETTA, GA -- Nearly 40,000 voters have cast ballots in the special election to fill Georgia's sixth district congressional seat. It’s a race 11Alive’s poll showed was led by a Democratic newcomer, in a historically Republican district. The district covers parts of three of metro Atlanta’s biggest counties-- Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb.
Early voting ends Friday in what's likely a low-turnout special election. Voters we talked with were largely motivated by party loyalty and their perceptions of President Donald Trump.
"I’m embarrassed to say that (I was a Trump voter)," said Rosalind Katz of Cobb County. "And I want to tell you that my husband voted for Willie Nelson." Katz isn’t exactly sold on Donald Trump’s style in the White House. But when she joined the long line of early voters at the East Cobb government center, she wanted to back a Republican who would support Trump’s policies.
"I voted for Karen Handel. I think it’s a good thing. I think she knows her way around," Katz said, citing the former Secretary of State's experience in government.
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Handel is one of eleven Republicans vying to replace Republican Tom Price in the sixth district. Price easily won in Cobb County last November, then resigned to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. Trump lost Cobb County.
"I actually voted third party," said Josh Azriel of November's election. He cast his vote this time for Democrat Jon Ossoff. "I based my vote on what Congress is supposed to be and that’s the watchdog function of the executive branch. Which is President Trump," Azriel said.
Polls have shown Ossoff leading the large pack of candidates in the special election – in part because he says he’s willing to challenge Trump.
"There's a real concern over Donald Trump and his temperament in general and that there’s no one willing to push back against him," said Owen Janeway, a Cobb County voter.
Some Republicans said they had trouble distinguishing among the long list of GOP candidates on the ballot. Eleven of the candidates in the special election have identified themselves as Republican.