Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District is about to be the site of one of the first key elections of the Trump era.
In Georgia today, a special election is being held to determine who will replace Tom Price in the U.S. House of Representatives after Price was elevated to the position of secretary of Health and Human Services.
The election is particularly notable because a Democrat, Jon Ossoff, has a real chance of winning even though the district is solidly Republican.
So where is Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, exactly? What are its demographics? Here’s everything you need to know.
1. It Comprises the Northern Suburbs of Atlanta
The Sixth Congressional District of Georgia comprises the northern suburbs of Atlanta.
It also comprises the cities of Roswell, Johns Creek, Tucker, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, and Dunwoody. Eastern Cobb County, northern Fulton County, and northern Dekalb County are included in the district.
A map of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District can be viewed above.
2. It Is 71 Percent White, 13 Percent Black & 13 Percent Hispanic
Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District is about 71 percent white, although its demographics vary quite a bit county by county.
According to Five Thirty Eight, Cobb County is about 76 percent white; this is the whitest county in the district. DeKalb County has the largest share of black voters, as 16 percent of voters in the county are black. With Fulton County, 64 percent of voters are white and 12 percent are black.
The Sixth Congressional District’s population is about 700,000.
3. Donald Trump Beat Hillary Clinton in the County By One Percentage Point
During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump won the state of Georgia. He also won Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District by one percentage point, capturing 48 percent of the vote.
This was a surprisingly small lead, as Mitt Romney won the district with 68 percent of the vote, and John McCain won it with 62 percent of the vote.
However, Trump did not win the entirety of the sixth Congressional district. According to the Georgia Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton won 80 percent of the vote in DeKalb County, the northern part of which is encompassed in the sixth Congressional district.
Hillary Clinton also won 48 percent of Cobb County compared to Donald Trump’s 46 percent, although according to Five Thirty Eight, in the part of Cobb County that is included in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, Trump won by 15 points.
In Fulton County, Hillary Clinton won 68 percent of the vote, but in the part of the county that is included int he sixth Congressional district, Trump won by three points.
4. It Has Not Had a Democratic Representative Since 1979.
If Jon Ossoff wins the special election or the runoff election, he will become the first Democrat to represent Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District since 1979.
The last Democrat to represent the district was John J. Flynt, Jr., who served from 1965 to 1979. He was succeeded by Newt Gingrich, who served for two decades, from 1979 to 1999. Newt Gingrich was replaced by Johnny Isakson, another Republican, and when Isakson retired to run for Senate, he was replaced by Tom Price.
Price held his position until this year, when Donald Trump nominated him to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services.
This is why Democrats on social media have been using the hashtag #FlipThe6th. This refers to the idea of flipping the district from Republican to Democratic.
5. The Runoff Election Would Take Place in June
The Sixth Congressional District special election takes place on April 18th.
If no one reaches 50 percent of the vote, however, a runoff election will be held between the first and second place candidate. One of those candidates is expected to be Democrat Jon Ossoff, and the other is expected to be either Karen Handel or Bob Gray.
If there is a runoff election, it will be held on June 20th, 2017.