6th District early voting soars

Nearly 55,000 voters cast ballots ahead of Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat, data from the Secretary of State’s office show.

Early voting in the race to replace former Rep. Tom Price ended Friday.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office said almost 50,000 ballots were cast in person while another 5,000 were mailed-in absentee ballots.

RELATED: Special elections are also being held in Roswell and two new metro cities, South Fulton and Stonecrest

An additional 4,500 requested mail-in ballots have yet to be returned.

The 6th Congressional District covers parts of each of those three counties and features 18 candidates.

Turnout for special elections are usually tricky to predict. The last time a special election was held in the same congressional district in 1999, it drew more than 79,200 voters.