In between, she became a darling to religious conservatives when she resigned from a leadership role in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation in 2012 after it reversed its decision to cut ties with the abortion rights Planned Parenthood group. Her book about the episode was called “Planned Bullyhood,” and it gave her a national profile.
About a half-dozen Republicans are already in the running for the district, a conservative-leaning stretch spanning from east Cobb to north DeKalb that should be the GOP’s to lose. But President Donald Trump looms large over the contest, and the race could become an early test for his popularity in an establishment-friendly territory.
Trump lost the district in Georgia’s March primary and eked out a 1-point victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in November. Price, who was confirmed last week as Trump’s health secretary, won re-election by a more convincing 62 percent of the vote.
Former state Sen. Judson Hill has been campaigning for weeks, and resigned his Marietta-based seat on Monday when he formally qualified for the race. Former state Sen. Dan Moody said Monday he was joining the race with the help of the powerful Perdue family network, and Trump diversity coalition head Bruce LeVell entered on Tuesday.
Price’s wife, state Rep. Betty Price, has also said she could enter the race. The three-day qualifying ends Wednesday.
But Democrats hope to unify behind a contender and land a spot in the runoff. Two former Democratic state legislators are in the race, as well as an ex-Congressional aide who has the endorsement of top party leaders.