ALPHARETTA, Ga -- 6th district congressional hopeful Karen Handel released her fundraising numbers on Tuesday, showing that her campaign to replace Tom Price has raised $463,000 in seven weeks.
The upcoming finance report, which will be filed on Thursday, showed the campiagn has more than $183,000 of cash on hand.
An exclusive poll commissioned by 11Alive News and conducted by SurveyUSA shows Handel and fellow Republican Bob Gray battling for a runoff slot behind Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is dominating the 6th congressional district special election.
In the poll, Ossoff grabs 43% of likely voters. Handel (15%), Gray (14%), and Dan Moody (7%) round out the top four.
A total of 18 candidates are in the race. Handel, along with all of the other candidates, has been invited to appear in an April 5 Atlanta Press Club debate that is being moderated by 11Alive's Jeff Hullinger.
Price is now President Donald Trump’s secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leaving a vacuum that will be filled through an April 18 special election and, if needed, a June 20 runoff. The race has drawn national attention as both parties scramble to grab the seat.
The seat has been in GOP hands since 1978, with such Republican stalwarts Newt Gingrich and Johnny Isakson having held the position.
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.