In Republican ‘burbs, Georgia election centers on a Democrat

In this photo taken March 11, 2017, Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to volunteers in his Cobb County campaign office. Ossoff is trying for an upset in a Republican-leaning district outside Atlanta. The primary is April 18 with a likely runoff on June 20. Republicans have begun to attack Ossoff, a move the candidates says "shows we can win." (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Republicans in Georgia and nationally are increasingly on edge about the strength of a Democratic congressional campaign in the traditionally GOP suburbs of Atlanta.

The threat comes from Jon Ossoff. He is a 30-year-old who once worked as a congressional aide and now is a documentary filmmaker.

Now he’s flush with campaign cash as liberals from around the country embrace him as a face for their opposition to President Donald Trump and the Republican-run Congress.

Ossoff is one of 18 candidates vying to replace Tom Price. The former representative was recently confirmed as Trump’s health secretary.

Ossoff says he believes he can win outright in an April 18 primary that has all candidates on the same ballot. Not long ago, his goal was to make a June 20 runoff.

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