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Florida Senator Marco Rubio was a favorite of many Georgians in the 2016 presidential primary. Now, he’s weighed into the race to replace Tom Price by handing his endorsement to former State Senator Judson Hill.
“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. “We have enough talkers up here in Washington. We need doers, and Judson Hill is a doer.”
Though Georgians overall pulled for Trump, the Sixth District- which includes Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties- went for Rubio in the primary election. 35 percent of Cobb Republicans supported the Florida Senator. He grabbed 42 percent of GOP votes in Fulton and 41 percent in DeKalb.
Though Democrats plan to run an anti-Trump campaign, Hill- like many of his GOP opponents- has so far stood behind Trump’s agenda.
“The time for reform is now. Send me to Washington, and I will work with trusted conservatives like my friend Marco Rubio to fix the mess that the previous administration left for us, starting with repealing and replacing Obamacare and rebuilding our military,” Judson said. “Let’s show the Washington Democrats that they can’t buy out the 6th District.”
A February zpolitics and Clout Research poll found that 9 percent of voters backed Hill among a field of 18 candidates. Leading the GOP field is Karen Handel, who held 25 percent support, followed by former Johns Creek Councilman Bob Gray, who was favored by 11 percent of respondents.
The special election for CD-6 takes place on April 18.
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