It’s the nation’s most closely watched election, and it’s gotten the attention of President Donald Trump’s chief strategist.
According to an article in NYMag, Steve Bannon is watching what happens in the 6th congressional district’s special election, set for April 18.
A total of 18 people are seeking the 6th district seat in the contest to replace Price, now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary.
Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old first-time candidate, has been consistently leading in polls over Republicans Karen Handel and Bob Gray, the only three candidates who have polled in the double digits.
The 6th district has been in GOP hands since 1978, with such Republican stalwarts as Newt Gingrich and Johnny Isakson having once held the seat. However, Trump won the district by less than 2 percent over Hillary Clinton last November, fueling hopes of a Democrat flip later this month.
Ossoff has the support of numerous Democratic legislative groups and PACs, while Handel has garnered the endorsements of dozens of locally elected officials, as well as former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
The district includes portions of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Doraville, Tucker, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek Milton and Mountain Park.