President Barack Obama had recently given an endorsement to Hank Johnson and it appears national Democrats are fairly confident in retaining this congressional seat.
Could a conservative win this largely Democratic seat?
The Fourth Congressional District of the U.S. State of Georgia includes parts of Dekalb, Rockdale, and Gwinnett Counties in the metro Atlanta area. The district is primarily African-American, affluent with a median income of approximately $50,000.
There are four Republican candidates vying for their party’s nomination: Liz Carter, Cory Ruth, Victor Armendariz and Larry Gause.
The candidates had appeared at debates within the last month and it appears Liz Carter has received some momentum with her performance at recent debates, and a recent Rockdale County straw poll shows she is leading. Ruth was second in the polling. However, if Carter isn’t able to get more than 50% in the July 20th primary, then the race will be decided in a run-off between the two candidates who had the most votes.
Liz Carter has been using the slogan “Yank Hank” recently and has put together a YouTube video poking fun at the incumbent in regard to one particular moment when he was attempting to make a point about the island of Guam.
In Carter’s biography, it details that she has been a business owner and primarily had been in real estate and worked her way to executive level management positions at major high tech and financial corporations.
Carter has touted that she would help to repeal the health care reform law that was passed and believes shoe would bring accountability to Congress.
Larry Gause is a former naval officer, and said in previous debates that he can appeal to independents and even conservative Democrats and provide a voice to the Fourth District thatthey haven’t really had for nearly two decades.
Victor Armendariz, an accountant, is the fourth candidate running for the Republican nomination and he says tax policies are directly related to job creation and that the current tax system be abolished and we implement Fair Tax.
With multiple candidates in this Republican primary, the chance for a run-off is possible. Who would have the advantage in that particular setting?
Ruth says he has the ability to compete in all voting precincts and take votes away from Democrats and appeal to moderate conservatives and independents.
He feels Democrats in Congress haven’t served the country well and that voters are ready to hear a fresh perspective. So in essence he says he can provide conservatives a “full district strategy” to take back a district that had been historically Democratic.