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Marco Rubio plugs Hill: He’s the ‘Republican who can win’

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waded deeper into the Georgia special election with a robo-call calling Republican Judson Hill the “conservative Republican who can win” the nationally-watched Tuesday vote.

Rubio, who easily won the suburban Atlanta district in last year’s primrary, endorsed Hill in early March but the robo-call sent to thousands of household on Monday was his most public intervention in the race.

“He can provide the leadership we need to defeat radical terror and repeal and replace Obamacare,” Rubio said in the recording. “Judson is the only trusted conservative in the race.”

Listen to it here:

Hill was the first candidate to enter the race in November, shortly after Rep. Tom Price was tapped as Trump’s health secretary. He’s one of 11 Republicans – and 18 contenders overall – who will share the ballot in Tuesday’s special election.

Republicans have held the district, which stretches from east Cobb to DeKalb, for decades. But Democrat Jon Ossoff’s surging candidacy and Donald Trump’s struggles in the Sixth – he barely edged Hillary Clinton – have given Democrats hopes they can flip the seat.



Hill, a former state senator from Marietta, is hovering around 10 percent in most public polls, though his campaign hopes higher turnout in his Cobb base and the infighting between other leading Republicans will lift him into a runoff against Ossoff.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who also endorsed Hill, was featured in a robo-call for Hill on Friday that declared him the only candidate “who has proven he will fight for us.”

More recent AJC coverage of the Sixth District:

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Democrats go for broke to win Georgia’s special election

‘BAD!’ Trump says media plays ‘game’ with Georgia special election

Warring Republicans try to unite against Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth

Nearly $14M in ads have flooded Georgia’s Sixth for special election

Georgia Democrats, Republicans seek lessons in tight Kansas race

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

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

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