Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 20, 2017

Voters in Georgia's 6th congressional district, which encompasses the suburbs north of Atlanta, take to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant US House seat.

The district has historically leaned heavily Republican.

It's the best shot the party has of the four House special elections this spring to win a seat that now belongs to Republicans. It had been held by Republican Tom Price, who resigned upon being appointed by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. health and human services secretary this year.

"Most of them told me today they have never been to Georgia's 6th district, don't know anyone who lives there, but they feel a sense of responsibility to do their part to help Jon".

It was remarkable when Democrat Jon Ossoff won the special election on April 18, taking 48.1 percent of the vote.

But with Democrats falling short in those races, and the Republican expected to win in SC, all eyes have turned to Georgia.

The race is being viewed nationally as a gauge of whether President Donald Trump's sagging approval ratings are a drag on Republicans that could threaten the party's control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. ObamaCare is dead. Dems want to raise taxes big!

It's created a rare scenario where the huge early vote turnout - 140,000 people have already cast their ballots, including 36,000 who didn't vote at all in the April primary - could actually benefit Republicans.

The June 20 runoff quickly became the most expensive US House race in history, with the campaigns, political action committees and other outside groups raising almost US$60 million, according to government reform and ethics group Issue One.

The Real Clear Politics Average of polls shows Ossoff with a slight lead of 49.6 percent to Handel's 47 percent in a district that normally favors establishment Republicans.

Monday night at a campaign event, 11Alive News asked Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff about Carver's comments.

Both candidates have attacked one another during the campaign, but have come together to condemn an ad from a little-known group called the Principled PAC.

The homestretch scramble was marked by a last-minute ad from a little-known political action committee trying to tie Ossoff's campaign to the "violent left" and the recent shooting of Republican House Whip Steve Scalise by a man who identified as a liberal.

"When will it stop?" a narrator asks over images of Scalise being wheeled away on a stretcher and the sounds of gunshots. It won't if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday. I should not have said what I said.

Ossoff and Handel have both decried the ad, though Handel stopped short of calling for it to be taken down. However, the Journal notes that Handel did not ask for the ad to be removed.

"I think this is an opportunity for Georgia to elect some fresh leadership that's focused on delivering results for folks at home, focus on holding people accountable in Washington", Ossoff told reporters while campaigning over the weekend.

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