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POLL: Ossoff Hasn’t Moved the Needle Since Election

POLL: Ossoff Hasn’t Moved the Needle Since Election

Trouble for the Democrats in GA-6?

All eyes are on the special election in Georgia’s sixth Congressional district, recently vacated by former Rep. Tom Price who left the district to serve as HHS Secretary.

Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off against Republican Karen Handel in the June 20th runoff election.

Internal polling released Tuesday shows the race in a dead heat, meaning the race probably isn’t quite so close as the poll indicates.

In all of my years of following and blogging about elections, I learned one crucial lesson about internal polls — anytime a campaign publishes internal polling showing they’re ahead, they’re most certainly not leading. But it helps to drum up headlines, create the appearance the race is closer than it actually is, and drive donations.

Anzalone Liszt Grove, a Democrat firm conducted the poll which found Ossoff ahead of Handel with 48% to 47% and 5% of voters undecided.

The crosstabs (where all the good information like they types of questions they ask) were not published. Further, the sample size was horrendously small, with only 590 people surveyed. The margin of error was also listed at 4%.

All of that to say, this is a PR-motivated poll, not a solid data set. Ossoff’s campaign claims the poll shows he’s winning:

Ossoff campaign manager Keenan Pontoni said it shows the 30-year-old Democrat, until a few months ago scarcely known in the district, is “winning” thanks to on-the-ground enthusiasm.

“Four months ago, nobody expected us to even break 40 percent,” said Pontoni. “Now, after our historic first-place finish on April 18th and this encouraging poll, we’re seeing the results of our community’s massive outreach efforts, and with our plans to ramp up those efforts even more, our campaign is well-positioned to win on June 20th.”

More telling than the publishing of an internal poll? Ossoff hasn’t grabbed any additional polling points since the April 18th election. That’s not a good sign for the Ossoff camp. Not a good sign at all.

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He was great against a duffelbag full of other R-Candidates. Against a single Karen Handel, not so much. How many more $ will national Donks throw down this wishing well?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Frank G. | May 3, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Plus Ossoff must be sexist.

    I mean how dare he run against a woman!!!!


in Conclusion: Democrats Ossoff 4 Georgia 6th’s Run Off Has Not Picked Up A Single Republican Since Special Election

I wonder if the needle moves in his direction now that Ryan and the Obama Republicans once again screwed us over. And Trump looks weak and talks a good game. If democrats can beat this they better go home for good.

Close The Fed | May 2, 2017 at 10:36 pm

The reason this boy got as many votes as he did, is because he ran wall-to-wall radio commercials in the Atlanta radio market, and talked like a GOPer. He never identified his party. He was all talk about respecting taxpayer dollars.

As a matter of fact after a while, I searched to find out what party he was and who he was because the ads didn’t say. Naive me; should have known if he was embarrassed of his party, he was a dem.

If voters had known, he wouldn’t have obtained the percentage he did.

The only problem is, as a special election with only one race on the ballot, the turnout will be abysmal. So, we’ll see how it goes. But now that it’s known he’s a democrat, his odds have fallen considerably. But he put on a good show.

inspectorudy | May 3, 2017 at 10:06 am

As in every election, turnout will be the deciding factor. Ossoff got 48% of the vote because that is the maximum vote he can get without getting crossover votes from registered Republicans. He offers nothing new and he is very inexperienced. He doesn’t even live in this district and since it has always been majority Republican, it is very unlikely he will represent the constituents of his district effectively. Now that the hullabaloo has come and gone, turnout is key.