Race to replace Tom Price: Atlanta mayor predicts win for Ossoff

Nick Mcbride
April 19, 2017

The sixth district in the Atlanta suburbs of Georgia has always been a stalwart Republican district; Newt Gingrich held his seat there on his way to becoming Speaker of the House in the 90's, and Price represented the district from 2005-2017.

Republicans essentially concede that Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former congressional staffer, will lead Tuesday's voting.

In the end, Ossoff ended up pulling in less than 50%, with totals showing him at 48.6% after a huge dump of votes came in from Fulton County around midnight, leading to numerous outlets to project this as heading to a runoff.

Republicans nationally and in Georgia acknowledged before polls opened that Ossoff would top the 18-candidate field, which included Republicans, Democrats and independents on one primary ballot.

Polling day took a freakish turn in the district when key electronic voting logs were swiped from a Cobb County poll worker's pickup truck. Ossoff would have needed more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

The district, made up of parts of three suburban counties, was represented by Republican Tom Price until he became Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services in February.

The president took to Twitter on Tuesday morning, declaring Ossoff "would be a disaster in Congress".

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff greets volunteers and supporters at a campaign office as he runs for Georgia's 6th Congressional District on April 18, 2017 in Marietta, Georgia. A special election last week in Kansas resulted in a close call for the GOP in what is typically a solid Republican district.

Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia.

Republicans now hold a 238-193 advantage in the chamber. "I think we have a chance to pull it out today". His run attracted more than $8 million in donations, which largely came from outside the state.

Ossoff has energized liberals and younger voters, while also aiming for disaffected independents and moderate Republicans.

A shock upset in the national spotlight, the argument goes, would deeply embarrass the president and could jumpstart efforts to retake control of the House of Representatives in next year's midterm elections. Cory Booker of New Jersey. "And when they're following the ALEC playbook of the far right, they make it harder for people to vote", Perez said, referring to the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

Should Ossoff prevail, it would mark a stunning embarrassment for the populist president. That makes this race something of a double whammy for Democrats: They see not only the chance to win a seat that has been in Republican hands for almost 40 years, but also an opportunity to put a Democrat in a seat once held by the man Trump has charged with dismantling Obamacare.

That still wasn't enough for voters like Matt West, a 45-year-old financial planner from Roswell. "Only you can stop the super liberal Democrats and Nancy Pelosi's group, and in particular, Jon Ossoff".

Trump criticised Ossoff on Twitter and said in a robocall that the Democrat would "raise your taxes, destroy your healthcare, and flood our country with illegal immigrants".

Ossoff benefited from a fractured Republican field of 11 candidates, some of whom emphasized their loyalty to Trump while others kept their distance.

And then the Republicans hope their vote will coalesce around that person and beat Ossoff.

Handel rarely if ever talked about Trump unless she was asked. One of Handel's closest competitors, technology executive Bob Gray, even donned hip waders for one television spot as he paid homage to the president by, literally, draining a swamp.

National Republicans say any of the four competitive GOP candidates could defeat Ossoff in a second round.

Next month, Democrats and Republicans will tangle again in a House race in Montana, a contest where the Congressional Leadership Fund and NRCC are already running attack ads against Democratic nominee Rob Quist. She then played a clip of a purported Republican who told her that "He has brought, I think, the decorum of the presidency down so low I can not bring myself to support candidates like that anymore".

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