The most expensive Congressional race in U.S. history, with most money coming to Ossoff from Hollywood
We’ve been following the special election for Georgia’s sixth Congressional District. Vacated by Rep. Tom Price when he left to serve as HHS Secretary, the race has drawn national attention. GA-6 is Newt Gingrich’s old district and has been in Republican hands since 1979.
For better or worse, Democrats have pitched the race as a referendum on President Trump’s agenda. GA-6 though was not a die-hard Trump district in the 2016 election. Trump only won by 1.5 points as most of the district’s voters chose Rubio in the Republican primary. But so desperate are Democrats to find a mandate to oppose Trump, this is the route they’ve chosen.
Ridiculous amounts of money have been dumped into this race, which has seen ranking party officials and Hollywood types stumping for candidates on both sides.
Polling has consistently shown the race is in a dead heat, with any variation falling in the margin of error. Both sides are nervously hedging their bets, awaiting tonight’s outcome, though Democrats seem to be the more nervous of the two. Polls close at 7:00 PM EDT with two polling locations open until 7:30 EDT.
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This is all Obama’s fault
Obama Jumps Into GA Special Election Race To Slam 'Shameful' GOP Voter Suppression Tactics https://t.co/nRi5HUnvxK
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) June 20, 2017
About the whole money buying elections…
“MONEY INFLUENCES ELECTIONS! GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!”
Spend $30 million on a race.
— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) June 21, 2017
And so has NBC, so we’ll call it too — HANDEL WINS!
NBC News projects Karen Handel wins the Georgia special election.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 21, 2017
CNN calling the race for Handel, too
CNN projects Republican Karen Handel wins the special Congressional election in the Georgia 6th, beating Democrat Jon Ossoff.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 21, 2017
Decision Desk is calling the race for Handel
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) June 21, 2017
Jon Ossoff came to my mosque Friday. He didnt try to win our vote, he just had a professional camera crew taking pics of him with hijabis.
— (????) رمضان (@FalafelDad) June 20, 2017
BURN. Ossoff, of course, doesn’t live in GA-6
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) June 20, 2017
DeKalb is a Democratic stronghold, so this bodes well for Handel
— StefanTurk (@StefanTurk) June 20, 2017
Results slowly trickling in
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) June 20, 2017
$50 million spent on this race, and Ossoff’s campaign won’t buy booze for supporters
— Elliott Schwartz (@elliosch) June 20, 2017
Record turnout will make this game even more interesting
From David Wasserman at Fivethirtyeight:
We’re Talking Historic Turnout In Georgia 6
This isn’t just the most expensive House race ever, with both sides combining to spend over $50 million. Today’s election is also on track to produce mammoth turnout, likely higher than in next year’s midterms. I’d estimate there could be around 250,000 votes cast in the district today, compared to 210,504 in the 2014 midterm. (That would amount to about $200 of spending per vote.)
Montana’s at-large election on May 25 set the all-time record for votes cast in a stand-alone House special election at 381,416 — but that’s a result not only of high interest but the state’s size: There are roughly 781,000 eligible voters in Montana, compared to about 465,000 in Georgia 6. If even 230,000 people vote in Georgia 6, turnout there would exceed Montana’s.
When’s the last time turnout for a stand-alone House special election was above 50 percent of eligible voters? I’ve scoured a lengthy list of such elections over the last century and can’t find a single example.
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