Trump rallies Georgia Republicans ahead of special election
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 20:49
Liberals are seeing Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff as their "great hope", but a Republican will defeat him in a June runoff.
What Trump seems to be doing here is jumping in at the last minute to a race that looks to be trending in Republicans' favor anyway, a move that allows him to take credit for keeping Ossoff under 50 percent and thereby increasing chances of the district staying in GOP hands. Ossoff raised a stunning $8.3 million in the first three months of 2017, forcing Republicans to spend heavily against him.
Other left-wing stars, like actors Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham, have personally driven people to early voting sites for Ossoff.
What's interesting about Trump's seeming strategy to make the race a referendum on his first 89 days as president is that this district isn't exactly Trump territory.
In another tweet, the Republican president asserted that Ossoff is also "very bad" on Second Amendment issues.
Actresses Jane Fonda and Kyra Sedgwick and longtime Law and Order star Sam Waterston have all contributed to Ossoff's campaign, according to Politico. The candidate has reportedly amassed a hefty $8.3 million from almost 200,000 donors, with more than 95 percent of those contributions coming from out of state. Democrats are also increasingly hopeful about an open seat in Montana following their strong showing in Kansas. This, of course, is because Ossoff is not a resident of the district he hopes to represent in Congress after today's election. "Now they play the same game with Georgia-BAD!"
"Liberal Democrats from outside of Georgia are spending millions and millions of dollars trying to take your Republican congressional seat away from you".
Ossoff has emerged as the front-runner among an 18-candidate field in Tuesday's election to replace Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), now Trump's health and human services secretary. "If you don't vote tomorrow, Ossoff will raise your taxes, destroy your healthcare, and flood our country with illegal immigrants", Trump added.
Republicans hope that a slight uptick in Trump's national approval ratings over the past week-plus following airstrikes in Syria and the dropping of the massive "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan might help. GOP voters, they predict, would be energized in a Republican vs. Democrat scenario, making it harder for Ossoff to run above the fray as he has leading up to the primary. "And I think it ends tomorrow, if he gets his 51% it's over but if he gets his 49% I think it's over too".