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Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election.

Polls opened today at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 7 p.m.

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The special Congressional election Tuesday in Georgia's 6th District, one of the first contests since Donald Trump took office, has been billed by some as a referendum on the new president. But many Republican voters in the district don’t see it that way.

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Voters cast ballots in Georgia's primary election at a polling site in a firehouse Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Atlanta.
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Early voting in the Georgia 6th Congressional District special election ends on Friday in a race that figures to continue generating national attention into the summer.

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National money, attention, and political staffers have been flowing into Georgia’s 6th Congressional District for weeks. Recently released financial documents show money from outside the state is dominating the special election to replace Republican former Rep. Tom Price, the newly appointed secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to members of the group, Liberal Moms of Roswell and Cobb.
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Republicans have called into question Democrat Jon Ossoff's work for news outlet Al Jazeera.

In attack ads from the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC and Bob Gray, a Republican running against Ossof in the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, the democrat's trustworthiness is questioned in connection with documentary work done for the Al Jazeera TV Network by a company he runs.

The same tack was taken in a recent mailer which made its way onto social media.

A sign greets voters before they step up to cast their ballot at a polling site, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta.
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The candidates for Georgia's 6th Congressional District will meet for a debate at 5 p.m. hosted by the Atlanta Press Club.  All 18 candidates for this special election to fill Tom Price's former seat in Congress are expected to participate.  

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The Republican’s failure to repeal The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is shaking up the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. For a generation, Republicans have controlled the district, including Alpharetta, Roswell and East Cobb, but Democrats think they have a chance to take it back. It was vacated by Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

At a debate in a Marietta Country Club, some of the 11 Republican candidates running were divided on what Congress and Trump should do next about health care.

The 18 Candidates Running To Fill Tom Price's Former Seat

Mar 27, 2017
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Tom Price in now President Donald Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services, which leaves a big vacancy in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. There are 18 candidates vying to fill it. 

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More than a dozen candidates are running for the seat previously held by Republican Tom Price, who is now the Trump Administration's Health and Human Services secretary.

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Early voting began Monday and will run through April 14, with Saturday voting on April 8. The actual election will be held on April 18.

The 6th District includes parts of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Doraville, Tucker, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Mountain Park.

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Monday is the deadline for Georgians to register to vote in the April 18 special election.

The biggest race of that day is the contest for the 6th District Congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price, now the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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While turnout in special elections as a rule isn't especially strong, this could be an exception.

Ga. Congressional Candidate Inquires About Elections Probe

Mar 7, 2017
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Early voting in the 6th District Congressional race starts in less than three weeks, on March 27. A federal investigation continues into a possible data breach at the facility that manages Georgia’s voting system, and one of the candidates in that race is seeking information about the probe. 

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