Citizens of Georgia’s sixth Congressional district flocked to the polls today to select a replacement for former Rep. Tom Price, who now serves as HHS Secretary in Trump’s administration.
Progressive Democrat, Jon Ossoff, hopes to pass the 50% threshold, which would allow him to avoid a runoff.
Everyone is mandate-hunting. Democrats desperately hope to take home a runoff-less win to prove America’s wholeheartedly rejecting Trump’s agenda.
If the polls are right, then Democrat Jon Ossoff will receive by far the most votes in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which is holding a special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price on Tuesday.1 But Ossoff will probably finish with less than 50 percent of the vote, which would trigger a runoff between him and the next-highest finisher — most likely the Republican Karen Handel, but possibly one of three other Republicans (Bob Gray, Dan Moody Judson Hill) who are closely bunched behind her in polls.
Furthermore, the combined vote for all Republican candidates will probably exceed the combined vote for Ossoff and other Democrats, although it should be close. And the district has historically been Republican-leaning, although it was much less so in the 2016 election than it had been previously. All of this makes for a fairly confusing set of circumstances and a hard-to-forecast outcome.
If you’re looking for a broader sense of what’s happening in this particular election, Fuzzy had a great post last night. Link here.
I’ll be monitoring the race and will post updates as we have them. Refresh for the latest! Polls close at 7:00 EST.
Still sitting here. Waiting for results. At this rate, we might learn how today’s vote went after the June runoff (if there is one).
12:03 AM: CNN Projects a runoff.
Just moments before CNN projected Ossoff’s failure to garner more than 50% of the vote, Ossoff addressed supporters at his campaign headquarters saying:
OSSOFF here in Atlanta: "We may not know the outcome for some time… but there is no doubt this already a victory for the ages.”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) April 19, 2017
“Victory for the ages.” $7 million couldn’t buy Ossoff a clean win, but it’s a “victory for the ages” y’all.
Ossoff will square off against Republican Karen Handel on June 20.
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