Hill raises nearly $500K in Georgia special election bid

Republican Judson Hill raised nearly $500,000 in his campaign to represent a suburban Atlanta district in Congress that could be an early test of Donald Trump’s popularity.

The former state senator reported raising $473,000 and had $113,000 in his campaign coffers in the final stretch of the April 18 special election to succeed Rep. Tom Price.

As the first Republican to enter the contest - he joined shortly after Trump named Price his health secretary -  Hill had more time to raise cash than other top contenders. His campaign hopes his fundraising haul sends a message to conservatives hoping to avoid an embarrassment in a district held by the GOP since Jimmy Carter was in the White House.

The contest to represent the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb, drew 18 candidates who will all be on the same ballot regardless of party. But Republicans are dueling over what appears to be one spot in a June 20 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

With his “Make Trump Furious” campaign, Ossoff has emerged as the unquestioned leader in the jumbled field. He’s raised at least $3.5 million, captured celebrity endorsements and enlisted thousands of volunteers. He openly talks of winning the race outright by capturing a majority of votes in April to avoid a June 20 runoff.

Financial disclosures are due late next week, and the details of Hill’s donors were not immediately available.

More AJC coverage of the Sixth District race:

With Ossoff at the gates, Republicans try to fortify Georgia’s Sixth

Ossoff fights 'top-secret' attacks in Georgia special election

An 18-candidate debate shows how jumbled Georgia special election is

Staff raids and social media hijinks: GOP infighting ramps up in Georgia Sixth

Republicans, Democrats target Ossoff in Georgia special election

How outside forces play an outsized role in Georgia’s 6th District race

House GOP health care plan divides Sixth District candidates

Jon Ossoff rattles conservatives in race for Georgia’s Sixth

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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.