Democrat youth v Republican experience as Georgia race finally heads to voters
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 18:15
Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel on Tuesday ripped Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff for the flood of outside donations that have pumped up his war chest and helped make Tuesday's Georgia special election the most expensive House race in USA history.
Should Democrats fail to convert at least one of the special election seats, it could be a demoralizing blow for administration opponents who have seen these races as early tests of the national strength of an anti-Trump movement.
Perdue criticized Ossoff's attempts to appeal to disaffected Republican voters. The president urged Republicans to "Vote "R" on Tuesday. "It's not gonna happen". "Voting rights are constitutional rights", Ossoff said after the decision. Democrats see an opportunity to pick up a seat represented by Republicans since 1979, most recently by the man who now serves as Trump's Health and Human Services secretary.
Political junkies around the United States will be getting their fix Tuesday with a pair of special elections to replace House seats left open by presidential appointments.
Already, more than 140,000 voters have cast a ballot in the run-off, according to the Secretary of State's Office. The race has cost more than $50 million, making it by far the most expensive U.S. House contest in history.
Ossoff has campaigned as a centrist focused on reducing the deficit, cutting spending and bringing high-tech jobs to Atlanta. With questions swirling around ongoing investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation and the lack of major legislative accomplishments, many pundits believe an Ossoff win could panic Republicans into thinking their current approach isn't working. Both sides have placed major emphasis on turning out voters who participated in Georgia's presidential primaries previous year but did not vote in April - and there are more Republicans than Democrats in that pool of potential voters.
But if Handel loses, it will be a clear warning sign to House Republicans facing tough races in other suburban districts across the country, many of them among the 23 GOP-held seats where Trump trailed Clinton in 2016. Democrats need to win a net of 24 seats in 2018 to take the House. The most recent polling data gives Ossoff a slight edge in a district that sent Newt Gingrich to Washington and that re-elected Price in November. She and outside groups supporting her campaign have instead tried to link Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "Their ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted. A win, conversely, would have a morale-boosting effect; Republicans would probably tell themselves that they could preserve their congressional majorities by turning out their base, even if some swing voters had abandoned them. An Atlanta Journal Constitution analysis showed just 3.5 percent of his donations between the end of March and May came from Georgia. Like Ossoff, Handel rarely mentions Trump.