Money talks in 6th district congressional race

18-candidate race even has the attention of the White House

ATLANTA -- This week the eyes of the nation will be watching Georgia's sixth congressional district. It's where 18 candidates are vying to replace congressman Tom Price in Atlanta's northern suburbs. 

Most of the 18 candidates for Congress had limited notoriety before the campaign began.  The difference maker has been money.  Those with it have risen in the polls. Those without it haven't. 
 
When demonstrators gathered Saturday to demand the release of President Trump's tax returns, Rebecca Quigg was among them.  She is an underfunded candidate for the 6th district congressional seat. She is barely registering in the polls—though she may have drawn some votes from her fellow demonstrators Saturday.
 
"We need to expand and improve the ACA and we need to cover all Americans quickly," Quigg said in an interview with 11Alive News.
 
Quigg's name is among a long list of Democrats and an even longer list of Republicans, plus a couple of independents who are all on the ballot in Georgia's sixth congressional district.   One of the names on the list is Bruce LeVell, an early Donald Trump supporter.   LeVell spent part of Easter at CNN Center, where he was interviewed as a surrogate for President Trump. 
 
 LeVell has shunned PAC donations, has bought no TV advertising and also barely registers in the polls. 
 
"We're on time. We're debt free," LeVell chuckled. "Wherever God's taking me on this, I'm good. I'm good either way."
 
They are running in a historically Republican district – yet led by a well-financed Democratic newcomer named Jon Ossoff.  The former congressional staffer rallied his volunteers in Cobb County this weekend, emphasizing the unpredictable nature of this special election.
 
Ossoff appears poised to make a runoff if he doesn't win the race outright Tuesday.  Former Secretary of State Karen Handel has consistently polled atop the large field of Republicans and could also make the runoff.  Handel observed the Easter holiday away from the campaign trail.
 
 
 
 
 

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