A Georgia special congressional election on Tuesday is being treated as a bellwether of voter sentiment following the chaotic opening act of Donald Trump's presidency, so it is not much of a surprise that it has drawn a significant degree of Hollywood interest.
Voters in the Palmetto State's 5th Congressional District are going to the polls to determine who will succeed Mick Mulvaney - now the White House budget director - in Congress. Millionaire developer Ralph Norman, the Republican, is favored over former Goldman Sachs tax adviser Archie Parnell, the Democrat.
Georgia State University political scientists who live in the district are available to discuss the ins and outs of a race that some see as a test for Republicans and the politics of President Trump.
Republican Karen Handel, a former secretary of state, has enlisted numerous state's top elected officials to keep Georgia's Sixth District in Republican hands.
"And what we need is a person like myself who understands the 6th District (and) what the issues are, what the priorities are and can really be a fierce advocate for the people of the 6th", she said.
Democrats will be looking to the race for cues in how to approach the 2018 midterms. The Georgia seat, vacated by Tom Price after he became Secretary of Health and Human Services, leans Republican.
As for the candidates, Ossoff has easily raised more money than Handel.
Ossoff and Handel insist their matchup is not about or the dynamics on Capitol Hill.
The importance of the race has reportedly helped Democrat John Ossoff compete in a typically Republican stronghold. Ossoff lives in Atlanta, south of the suburban district.
Handel, 55, embraces her experience as a statewide and local elected official, often telling voters: "You know me". "The reason that I was able to bring it home was because Republicans showed up". Observers widely view Tuesday's election as a referendum on President Donald Trump's first five months in office.
(AP Photo/David Goldman). Karen Handel, Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th congressional district talks to reporters during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017. Trump barely edged Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 6th in November.
In addition to Ossoff's youth and relative inexperience, healthcare and campaign finance reform have become major issues in the district. "We want to flip this district, we want to flip 25 districts to get the majority back in the house", Craig Rusert, an Ossoff volunteer, told CNN. She'll have even helped write the playbook, after relentlessly working to tie Ossoff to Nancy Pelosi and hitting him on national security. In one early Tuesday tweet, Trump criticized Ossoff, saying he'll raise taxes, is weak on crime and "doesn't even live in district". Total spending in the race topped $56 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a watchdog group, almost double the previous record.
The race is reported to cost up to $50 million according to Politico.
Each candidate has spent more than $50 million on the race, making it the most-expensive in United States history. And it will make all the clearer that there is no easy path for Republicans to run under Trump's banner - he's still popular with the base, but the base isn't large enough to win every seat that Republicans hold now.
The ad, paid for by the Principled PAC, calls on voters to stop the "unhinged left".
Voter turnout has been low in the early hours, but turnout for early voting was strong.