ATLANTA, Ga – State Rep. Betty Price (R-Roswell) is getting involved in the race to replace her husband in Atlanta’s 6th congressional district.
In a new radio spot, Price – whose husband, Tom Price, is now President Donald Trump’s secretary for Health and Human Service – is urging voters to elect a Republican to in the April 18 special election.
Tom Price held the seat until he resigned to take a position in the Trump administration earlier this year.
The radio ad, which is being played on Atlanta conservative talk radio, is paid for by the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a Washington-based super PAC. You can listen to it here.
The spot is part of CLF’s nearly $3 million campaign in the district, which includes CLF’s field operation comprised of 90 full-time door knockers. The election has captured the attention of political analysts and observers across the nation, including chief White House strategist Steve Bannon.
In an exclusive 11Alive poll released last week, Democrat Jon Ossoff holds a commanding lead over the rest of the 18-person field. In the poll, Ossoff grabbed 43% of likely voters. Republicans Karen Handel (15%), Bob Gray (14%), and Dan Moody (7%) round out the top four. All other candidates combined make up 15%, and an additional 7% are undecided.
On Monday, Roll Call revised its “Leaning Republican” rating in the election to a “Tossup.”
The only way to avoid a June 20 runoff would be if one candidate receives 50 percent-plus-one.
The district includes portions of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Doraville, Tucker, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek Milton and Mountain Park. Before it was last redrawn as part of Census reapportionment, Republicans Newt Gingrich and Johnny Isakson held the seat.