Runoff in Georgia House race could test opposition
Apr 21 2017 by Francis Osborne
Democrat Jon Ossoff ended up as the top vote getter in a crowded field of 18 candidates vying to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives.
Last week, a House race in Kansas became unexpectedly competitive, with the GOP nominee defeating a Democrat by just seven points in a district Republicans won by more than 30 points in November. They came up short, and if you look at what - his percentage of what it was presidentially, it pretty much tracks.
Enthusiastic Democrats were hopeful that their candidate Jon Ossoff might take advantage of an electorate energized to oppose Trump, and the media did their part to hype up the event.
Pundits said Mrs Handel will likely win the run-off, but on Tuesday the Republican said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution: "Beating Ossoff and holding this seat is something that rises above any one person". Gosh, he couldn't even vote for himself yet.
After the June runoff between Ossoff and Handel was announced, Trump went back to Twitter to gloat.
"Bring it on", Ossoff continued.
With the slogan "Make Trump Furious", Ossoff aims to galvanize opposition to a president struggling with an approval rating that has not topped 50 percent since he took office on January 20, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.
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The Democrat reportedly amassed an astounding $8.3 million from almost 200,000 donors, with over 95 percent of those contributions coming from out of state.
"Money buys a lot when it's a very compressed race", she continued. "That won't be the same in the runoff. Republicans are united. We know that this is an important race, and it's going to stay in the hands of a Republican, and I'm excited about the next 60 days". He also dismissed Republican claims that he did not live in the district, pointing out that he grew up there and was now living with his girlfriend one mile outside the boundary.
"Sure", Camerota stated, "but clearly voters responded to him somehow". The election day vote, however, was far less favorable for Ossoff. What do you think it is? We are changing the world.
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.
‶Even if he doesn't hit 50 tonight, Ossoff is showing us the path to retaking the House.
"We need to see a balance in our country, a check on President Trump", said Vicki Hardin Woods, a retiree who traveled from Salem Oregon, to volunteer for the campaign.
"I'd rather be Jon Ossoff than Karen Handel right now", Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, toldCNN. "It is all Republicans, all hands on deck". We all have to rise above it.