There is a pseudo-referendum on Donald Trump in Georgia today
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 8:02
Progressives have poured Dollars 23 million into Jon Ossoff's campaign making it the most expensive House race in us history, with candidates, their parties and super PACs pouring more than USD 50 million combined into the effort to win a single House seat in the northern atlanta suburbs, CNN has reported.
Ossoff, 30, is a former congressional staffer turned documentary filmmaker who has become a symbol of the anti-Trump movement.
CNN now has Mr Ossoff leading the race by 51.2 percent to Miss Handel's 48.8 percent. The Democrat isn't from the district.
"I think the people in this district and Atlanta as a whole, I think they are probably exhausted of hearing about it but they need to pay attention because it matters right now", Jade Morey, a Handel supporter, told CNN outside a campaign event in the final days before Tuesday's election.
Karen Handel, Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th congressional district greets diners during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017. "I don't think the attack ads are having much effect".
Trump, however, only won 50.8% of the two-party vote there, and given the huge advantage that incumbents have, the presidential election was expected to be a better guide to what might happen once the seat became vacant.
As television ads blanket the Atlanta media market in the lead-up to Tuesday's historically expensive special election to replace Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, Republicans have hardly missed a chance to link Democrat Jon Ossoff to the California party leader.
In a district that has traditionally backed Republican candidates but went for Hillary Clinton by a slight margin in 2016, Democrats are hoping to win over voters who vote reliably Republican but remain skeptical of President Donald Trump.
Norman, a former state lawmaker, said support from the president resonated positively with voters. It became the most expensive congressional race in USA history.
"The Democrats threw the entire kitchen sink at this thing", Ryan told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer.
Republicans are claiming momentum ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections in November of next year.
Republicans won House special election victories already this year in GOP-held districts in Kansas and Montana and hope to add Georgia to that string.
"Karen Handle's opponent in #GA06 can't even vote in the district he wants to represent...." the commander-in-chief wrote, incorrectly spelling the candidate's surname.
Should Democrats fail to convert at least one of the seats, it could be a demoralizing blow for the anti-Trump resistance movement. He had a problem answering because he does not yet live in the district he's running for, but said he would be moving there soon.
"My pledge is to be part of the solution, to focus on governing", she said. I feel good about where we are.
But Democratic donors sensed an opportunity and have poured money into the campaign.