5 things to know today: Republicans catch up to Democrats in Ga. special election voting

April 10, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia - An election worker looks over the map of the 6th district with residents that arrived to vote at the Marietta Elections Main Office in Marietta, Georgia, on April 10, 2017. Officials said a number of people who were not eligible to vote in the election because they did not live in the district arrived on both Saturday and Monday. (HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM)

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April 10, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia - An election worker looks over the map of the 6th district with residents that arrived to vote at the Marietta Elections Main Office in Marietta, Georgia, on April 10, 2017. Officials said a number of people who were not eligible to vote in the election because they did not live in the district arrived on both Saturday and Monday. (HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM)

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