Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Takeaways From The Georgia 6 Special Election

Takeaways From The Georgia 6 Special Election

The early returns of a special House election in Georgia looked strong for Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff on Tuesday night, but the race remained too close to call as more GOP-leaning precincts were yet to be counted. And that's a big contrast to the Democrat who doesn't even live in the district.

"There is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages", Ossoff told his ecstatic supporters Tuesday night. Next, she became Georgia secretary of state in 2007, a role in which she carried out the usual Republican attacks on voting before resigning to run for governor in 2010, losing a Republican primary run-off despite Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney endorsements.

And so, anything sort of describing that as a loss is - is sort of inconceivable to me in the sense that that's literally what they said their goal was to do.

Democrats, searching for answers at a time when they are shut out of power in Washington, found a unifying figure in Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who campaigned on a promise to "Make Trump Furious".

If this is the Republican Party's secret weapon in keeping control of this hotly contested seat in Georgia, then they're in big trouble. Republicans have held the seat since 1979, and past occupants include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current Georgia Sen. By failing to avoid the runoff, Ossoff will now face Handel one-on-one in the runoff.

"The eyes of the nation will be watching", she said Tuesday night.

Hours after Republicans held off a Democratic bid to take over a long-safe GOP Georgia House seat, President Donald Trump says the outcome shows Democrats are "failing".

The district has been a Republican stronghold for nearly 40 years.

‶Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress.

The president understood the stakes of the second congressional vote since his administration took office, a week after Kansas' 4th District narrowly replaced CIA Director Mike Pompeo with another Republican. Republican Karen Handel got almost 20 percent.

Democrats invested over $8.3 million in the race and thousands of volunteer hours but only received a 1.3 percent gain in the district from Clinton's 46.8 percent in November of 2016.

Complicating Democrats' calculus is the massive cost of running an extended TV ad campaign in the 6th, which is covered by the very high-priced Atlanta media market. And while Republicans have their backs against the wall, Democrats will keep their foot on the gas through Election Day because the residents of Georgia's 6th district deserve a representative who will fight for them.

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