Kevin Van Ausdal, the Democratic nominee in the open northwest Georgia congressional district, announced the end of his campaign over the weekend. Mr. Van Ausdal was served divorce papers on Friday demanding that he vacate his home. He said he plans to move to a family property in Indiana. Under Georgia election law, the Democrats will not be able to replace Mr. Van Ausdal on the ballot because the withdrawal is coming within 60 days of the election. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) indicated that the candidate can legally withdraw, but there is no means for a replacement nominee to be named within the final two months. It appears launching a write-in campaign is the Democrats’ only option.
Republican nominee Marjorie Taylor Greene is now virtually assured of victory in November. She has been under attack throughout the election cycle mostly for her association with the highly controversial QAnon conspiracy theory, but a Democrat winning this 75% Trump district was not viewed as a viable possibility. In an unrelated development, retiring Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger/Rome) announced that he is going to resign the office in October. This could trigger a special election in order to fill the final few days of the current term.
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