Candidates line up to run for Tom Price's House seat

A former statewide officeholder, several current and former lawmakers and a handful of wealthy political newcomers are among the candidates running to replace the six-term Roswell Republican.

Some analysts are predicting the race to represent the 6th District, an affluent swath of the metro Atlanta suburbs that stretches from north DeKalb and Fulton counties to east Cobb, to be one of the most crowded and expensive special election contests in Georgia history.

It's a challenging district for the dozen or so potential Republican candidates eyeing the race. Although Price won his six terms with relative ease, many of the Republicans in the establishment-friendly north Atlanta suburbs spurned Trump. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida won the district in the GOP presidential primary in March and Trump eked out a razor-thin victory there in November.

Republicans are favored to hold the seat, but at least three well-known Democrats have stepped forward.

The clock is ticking: The election will be held on April 18, and a runoff is set for June 20. A three-day qualifying period for the seat begins on Monday.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.