The Democrats are making a big deal of today’s election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to replace the seat held by the new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Now, it turns out that the Democrat frontrunner, Jon Ossoff doesn’t even live in the district that he hopes to represent.
Ossoff, who turned 30 in February, lives with his girlfriend outside the 6th District. He says he’s supporting his girlfriend while she is in school and promises to move into the District he hopes to represent if he’s elected. CNN pointed out to Mr. Ossoff that he can’t actually vote for himself in the election since he’s not a resident of the District but that doesn’t seem to register with Mr. Ossoff as an issue for voters.
I’m a mile and a half down the street to support Alicia while she finishes medical school. It’s something I’ve been very transparent about. In fact, I’m proud to be supporting her career. As soon as she finishes her medical training, I’ll be 10 minutes back up the road into the district where I grew up.
— Jon Ossoff
There are eighteen candidates running for Price’s vacant seat. On the Republican side, there are eleven candidates while the Democrats have fielded five hopefuls with two independents rounding out the field.
The race has produced an outpouring of money from Democrats hopeful for some sort of electoral success. However, they are likely to have their hopes dashed again. Unless one candidate is able to get more than 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff election between the top two candidates in June where a united GOP looks to dash Mr. Ossoff’s ambitions. At least he won’t have to move.