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The search for Tom Price's vanquished opponent in Georgia's 6th


Some Democrats are taking solace that Jon Ossoff cut the Republican margin of victory in 6th District race from 24 points to about 4 points. And that’s true: Tom Price’s opponent Rodney Stooksbury notched just 38 percent of the vote in November.

But a word of caution about comparing the two totals: Stooksbury appears to be a phantom.

He raised no money. He had no social media or online presence. As far as we can tell, he never had any campaign events. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters and those from other outlets couldn’t track him down.

That said, Price also defeated another Democrat – Bob Montigel – in 2014 by an even bigger margin.

A more useful metric when analyzing the results of Tuesday's Karen Handel victory: Nonpartisan analysts suggest the Democratic baseline in Georgia’s 6th District is closer to the low 40s than high 30s.


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