Florida Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed former state Sen. Judson Hill on Monday in his campaign for Georgia’s wide-open 6th District seat, giving the Marietta Republican a high-profile supporter who was popular in Atlanta’s northern suburbs.
Rubio easily won the district, an establishment-friendly swath stretching from east Cobb to north DeKalb, in Georgia’s March 2016 presidential primary. Donald Trump’s struggles in the Sixth– he barely edged Hillary Clinton – have given Democrats hopes they can flip the seat.
“Judson Hill is the only conservative Republican in this race who can win – and he’s a proven leader who can help us get our nation back on the right track after eight years of the Obama administration,” Rubio said in a statement. “We have enough talkers up here in Washington. We need doers, and Judson Hill is a doer.”
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
If Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of state and candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014, was hoping for a rapid coalescence, Florida Senator Marco Rubio splashed cold water on that today by endorsing rival Republican Judson Hill. Senator Rubio carried this district in the 2016 Presidential primary (as well as the involved counties- Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton) along with the neighboring Fifth, so his local popularity could aide the former state Senator in the crowded field. Hill and Handel are arguably the strongest two Republicans running (out of nearly a dozen vying for the seat) in this ruby-red Congressional district. Democrat Jon Ossoff has been slowly congealing his Party’s support and, with his current $2 million in fundraising, is all but assured a spot in the runoff election.