The search for Tom Price’s vanquished opponent in Georgia’s 6th

Republican Karen Handel. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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.

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William D. Fisher
William D. Fisher

Maybe ask around and see if anyone knows what district he lived in...

Joan Williams
Joan Williams

Really? No fund raising, no public appearances, and now he can't be found?? Good thing he didn't win. PROBABLY get lost finding DC and afraid to meet reporters.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Karen beat the Oss ... Off her opponent.

Habrams01
Habrams01

.........and today Karen Handel IS NOT John Ossoff's Congresswoman..............

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

AJC AND THEIR POLITICS. JONJON IS PROBABLY HIDING OUT AT HOME AFTER HIS COMMON LAW WIFE THREW HIM OUT.

Kay Kitchenns
Kay Kitchenns

No he didn't he they would have unveiled the new health care plan it's possible she would have lost

Wade W Johnson
Wade W Johnson

The election is over...HE LOST!!! Trump won and is our President.

Shelley Kersey
Shelley Kersey

It's been 2 days. Shut up. Give him a moment to relax. It was a long, hard election. Vultures

Freddie Brown
Freddie Brown

LOL, he had to decide which pocket to put his money into

Taryn O McCoy
Taryn O McCoy

I'm not concerned. She will quit. She's done it what? 4 times? She also quit college twice. We know the outcome.

Mike Pregon
Mike Pregon

Did he piss off Hillary, if so he is with Jimmy Hoffa

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

He went back to Cuba or Venezuela or wherever socialists are from

Kris Henningsen
Kris Henningsen

Robert Willett how did those four congressional elections work out for you Democrats? Keep losing

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

I'm a georgia citizen and taxpayer since 1975. Longer than you loser shelly

Taryn O McCoy
Taryn O McCoy

People who don't know different forms of socialism for 1000.

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

People who never took college classes for 5000

Ria Austin
Ria Austin

Oh how typical New Yorkers attitudes! You profited from your union work before you retired didn't you?

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

I've been a georgia resident and taxpayer since 1975. Longer than you Ria Austin

Beverly Spurlin
Beverly Spurlin

I wonder how much money was paid for votes to change the 24 points to 4 points?

Tom Hughes
Tom Hughes

All the GOP needed to do was to field a candidate like Handel.

David Graham
David Graham

and spend $3 for each $1 contributed by the Democratic national committees.

Alexander Ioannidis
Alexander Ioannidis

That's why Price won by 23. Stooksbury was a ghost candidate designed to see how the Democrats could compete there

David Fige
David Fige

He got nearly the Same vote count as Ossoff did, without any Campaign office, no staff, not even 1 yard sign, and No $$$$$. Maybe he was a GOP is disguise due to the cutting the fat from his campaign.

Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

Somebody had to file the paperwork tho. Wonder who did that and where is the paperwork?

Freddie Brown
Freddie Brown

Alexander Ioannidis percentages, what was the actual vote count?

Alexander Ioannidis
Alexander Ioannidis

Freddie Brown the actual vote count is way higher in general elections