Pro-Trump candidate in Sixth makes late White House trip

Republican Bruce LeVell with Donald Trump this week.

Republican Bruce LeVell has put his allegiance to Donald Trump at the center of his campaign for Georgia’s 6th District, and he made a brief trip to the White House on Wednesday to reinforce those ties.

LeVell, who headed Trump’s diversity coalition, did not return with an endorsement from the president or any overt sign of his support. The White House is said to be closely monitoring the Tuesday vote but hasn’t yet waded into the messy race, which features 11 Republicans on the 18-candidate ballot.

And LeVell’s campaign has been struggling to gain traction in a crowded field dominated by Republicans with bigger names and more campaign cash. But he said his visit – which he called a “reunion” with other Trump campaign veterans – underlined that he has a relationship with the president.

That can be a mixed bag in the 6th, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb. It’s been in GOP hands for decades, but Trump barely scraped out a victory there in November even as Republican Tom Price won a landslide victory.

Democrats hope Jon Ossoff, a former Congressional aide and fundraising dynamo, can exploit the anti-Trump sentiment to flip the district. Republicans have poured millions into attack ads to thwart his campaign.

More AJC coverage of the Sixth District race:

Nearly $14M in ads have flooded Georgia’s Sixth for special election

Ossoff pulls in record donations for Georgia special election

Georgia Democrats, Republicans seek lessons in tight Kansas race

With Ossoff at the gates, Republicans try to fortify Georgia’s Sixth

Ossoff fights ‘top-secret’ attacks in Georgia special election

Staff raids and social media hijinks: GOP infighting ramps up in Georgia Sixth

In the final week, Karen Handel becomes a target for GOP rivals

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