Some Democrats are taking solace that Jon Ossoff cut the Republican margin of victory in 6th District race from 24 points to about 4 points. And that’s true: Tom Price’s opponent Rodney Stooksbury notched just 38 percent of the vote in November.
But a word of caution about comparing the two totals: Stooksbury appears to be a phantom.
He raised no money. He had no social media or online presence. As far as we can tell, he never had any campaign events. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters and those from other outlets couldn’t track him down.
That said, Price also defeated another Democrat – Bob Montigel – in 2014 by an even bigger margin.
A more useful metric when analyzing the results of Tuesday’s Karen Handel victory: Nonpartisan analysts suggest the Democratic baseline in Georgia’s 6th District is closer to the low 40s than high 30s.