All about the Georgia 6th congressional district election

Source: nationalatlas.gov

Source: nationalatlas.gov

Much of the nation will be watching Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, among the first in the nation since Donald Trump became president. That will be a big change for a district that has been a Republican fortress for decades.

The last time a Democrat held that seat was in 1979. With a median age of under 38, half of its residents have not seen a Democrat win the office in their lifetime. It’s been 21 years since a Democratic congressional candidate broke the 40 percent barrier.

Here’s a look at how presidential and congressional candidates have performed in the district since 2000:

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Something different happened in November. Many conservative voters chose Hillary Clinton for president. Donald Trump only won the district by 1.5 percentage points even as GOP District 6 incumbent Tom Price won by 24 points.

The reason for the ticket splitting likely lies in one key demographic.

The 6th District, which includes part of Atlanta and its affluent northern suburbs, is loaded with college graduates.

Education level was a major indicator in the 2016 presidential election. Exit polls showed college graduates favored Clinton 52 percent to 43 percent, while voters with less than a bachelor’s degree favored Trump 52 percent to 44 percent. Traditionally, the spread on these votes has been much closer.

About 60 percent of 6th District voters are college graduates, compared with 29 percent of Georgia voters.

The district is generally whiter, wealthier and has more Asian and Hispanic voters than the state. Here’s a look at the district’s demographics compared with the state.

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The question is will District 6’s anti-Trump vote filter down into a congressional race where the candidate may be a different type of Republican, or will it remain a GOP stronghold? The answer could foreshadow what will happen in the 2018 elections.


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Reader Comments 1

74 comments
Brenda Addison
Brenda Addison

No more Os in Washington. Empty and embarrassing . 6th District - honor your values. Live up to standards. Not on the level of O.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Better not send anyone who supports Trump--you should know better.

Philip Shekey
Philip Shekey

The Democratic Party is all but dead. This election simply exposed their hatred, racism and complete destain for this country and it's founding values.

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

Is it full of transplanted Blue state lunatics and parasites?

Mickey Silva
Mickey Silva

If you can still follow the intolerant hypocritical obstructing corrupt Disrespectful Democratic Left at this point than you need to go down with them... this party is a disgrace to our country

Ryan Padgett
Ryan Padgett

No thanks. Georgia is better off without communists and traitors.

Yvonne Greene
Yvonne Greene

Democrats have pretty much set the standard for the party, don't believe they will come back from the hate they've spewed since they lost the presidential election. Republican congress needs to step up to the plate and help their president dodge the bullets.

William Meyerson
William Meyerson

Is it wrong if my first thought is "this district is shaped nearly exactly like Texas"?

Kay Martin
Kay Martin

they're so low life. anything to win

Joanne Ward Lutes
Joanne Ward Lutes

How do they possibly know if a voter is a college graduate or not? AJC that is a serious assumption on your part. Answer please!

Brenda Wheeler
Brenda Wheeler

Wish I could vote in the 6th....it would be Republican for sure! No more corrupt Dems need apply.

Leonard Felton
Leonard Felton

Democrats are overlooking the key statistics that's cited in the story. Tom Price won it by 24 points. That's a more accurate indicator of the district than the 1.5℅ Trump margin. If they want to waste time and money let them go ahead.

Denny Acres
Denny Acres

They thought they would hang on with hellary, too.

Rod Miller
Rod Miller

About as likely as "Hillary is surging in Georgia and looks to flip the state blue"

Jackie Lovett
Jackie Lovett

Hum, volunteer turn out for Ossoff is off to a wonderful start. It's happening folks!! \U0001f601

Larry Williamson
Larry Williamson

The democrats are known to try to rig everything in their favor.

Donna Jo Glidden
Donna Jo Glidden

Go check out who's been gerrymandering districts in Georgia to redraw districts to their favor. It's not the Democrats.

Ginny Hordines
Ginny Hordines

And what do you call what the GO P is doing, . Mostly horrible destruction!

Brandi Boyle
Brandi Boyle

Since that's where I'm originally from...... It would really warm my heart to see this flip

David K Wilson
David K Wilson

We dont need another Democrat in office obstructing.

Brandi Boyle
Brandi Boyle

SAD ...... SAD.......SAD...... SAD!!!! GOT IT???

Karen T Marshall
Karen T Marshall

Brandi Boyle .... the 80s trailer park called....they want their hair back!

John Woods
John Woods

The 6th will not go Communist...

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

You're a perfect example of why democrats keep losing. The lunacy with you people knows no bounds.

Brian Sumsum
Brian Sumsum

Humph, I be shocked if they do it, but nobody not holding townhalls, who they candidate? & they not engaging the voters

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

Doesn't matter who wins the liberal primary they'll all be saying the same thing Trump is not my President.

Maria Acosta
Maria Acosta

Not true I personally showed up to volunteer and canvass today and some of the people I spoke to had already received phone calls about them the election. If you live in the 6th vote Democrat and haven't spoken to someone you will very soon!

Brian Sumsum
Brian Sumsum

Oh ok because why have I not been hearing about this guy on the local news? He not in my district but part of his district does cover Atlanta city limits in which I am a new resident in Atlanta which I pay property taxes and other taxes for this vacant seat. So yes please display what he has done to help Georgia to help the community and the Atlanta region as a whole. Thank you

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