Dems launch pro-Ossoff ad blitz in Georgia
Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff to decide Georgia's 6th Congressional District Special Election.
The special election, which was held after Congressman Tom Price was selected by Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, has received an inordinate amount of attention.
"There will be some attempted spin tomorrow that Ossoff hitting 46-48% in #GA06 is no big deal", conservative political analyst Jeff Blehar tweeted late Tuesday night.
Ossoff, who had predicted an outright victory, nonetheless said the outcome was a win. So add the Georgia 6 Round 1 results to our ever-growing pile of reasons to take early vote results with a salt mine's worth of salt. The government is funded through April 28. But this week, Trump has sent a series of tweets critical of Democrat Ossoff. Mr. Ossoff now goes to a June 20 runoff. According to a source at the time, Handel was at the center of that decision, and in her resignation letter days later, she said that "I openly acknowledge my role in the matter". Some Republicans have suggested Trump could personally campaign in Georgia now that it's a two-person race, while Democrats plan to keep up the pressure - after falling short in another recent House special election in Kansas.
What I know is that winning and coming close to winning aren't the same thing.
"We have an fantastic chance here, an extraordinary moment for Georgia", Ossoff told campaign volunteers as they headed out for a final round of door-knocking on Monday afternoon.
Republicans, including the president, wanted to ensure Democrats wouldn't be able to use the election as a referendum on the Trump administration. "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff said, and he urged his supporters to embrace the prospects of a runoff, telling them they would "carry us to victory". "Glad to be of help!" wrote Trump on Twitter.
"We're the underdog in this", said Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said on MSNBC on Monday. It is also probably worth noting that the 6th district candidate who tried hardest to brand himself as a Trump loyalist, Bob Gray, finished a distant third. At an Atlanta rally Tuesday night, he said, "We will be ready to fight on and win in June if necessary". Or will Democrats regard it as a disappointment given the ideal storm of factors that seemed to be lining up in Ossoff's favor for Tuesday's vote?
He slammed Republicans for their "dark money" and negative ads - Handel countered that most his funding came from outside the district, and reprised criticism that Ossoff doesn't even live in the Sixth District.
The race was supposed to make headlines just in Georgia, but it captivated the entire country and attracted a list of celebrities including Debra Messing, Samuel L. Jackson, and Alyssa Milano who were out campaigning in force for Ossoff.