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GA-6 Special Election Results — Republican Karen Handel Wins

GA-6 Special Election Results — Republican Karen Handel Wins

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.

We’ll be updating this post as news requires, so be sure to refresh often for the latest. You’ll find the most recent updates up top.

This is all Obama’s fault

About the whole money buying elections…

And so has NBC, so we’ll call it too — HANDEL WINS!

CNN calling the race for Handel, too

Decision Desk is calling the race for Handel

Amateur hour

BURN. Ossoff, of course, doesn’t live in GA-6

DeKalb is a Democratic stronghold, so this bodes well for Handel

Results slowly trickling in

$50 million spent on this race, and Ossoff’s campaign won’t buy booze for supporters

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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EDT, not EST. We are in Daylight Saving Time.

(Sorry, it’s a pet peeve.)

Polling has consistently shown the race is in a dead heat

Now hang on a minute there. Only two months ago the media was assuring us that Ossoff was 20 points ahead and the Republican had no chance – just like when Trump was running for president. For months the media has been touting this election as a referendum on Trump. As usual, they start backpedaling as the election gets closer. I expect Handel to win by a landslide.

    Tom Servo in reply to snopercod. | June 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I would LOVE to pull up the thread on the day of the original election a few weeks back.

    Because what I posted there was this, as best I can recall: “Today, Ossoff got 47%, and no Republican scored out of the 20’s. On Runoff day, June 20, Ossoff will get his same 47%, and the eventual Republican nominee will win with 52%. Because that is what happens in EVERY jungle primary in the south!!!”

    And what were the numbers again tonight?? Heh! But I’m not a great prognosticator, just a decent observer, and as I said this happens in EVERY jungle primary in the South! (Happens in Louisiana all the time) The fools are those “great commentators” who ignored this painfully obvious Truth.

    And as an added bonus – all that big money dumped into this district did NOTHING!!! It was all WASTED! The Result was the same result that Any Fool could predict with mathematical accuracy 6 weeks ago – and This Fool Did!

Oh look, the NY Times is now saying Handel is ahead 52% to 48% with 39% of precincts reporting. It’s so sad to be them…

Ya win some … Then ya win some more

You think any reporter will call this election a referendum on Trump again?

Probably not.

DD
Update: 6/20/2017 9:40PM
By this point, we’re waiting for DeKalb County and mail-ins, but Handel is up by >6%.

DeKalb. Knew it. Don’t trust DeKalb.

Alternative headline: Georgia just says NO to California liberals!

You folks catch results of CNN poll asking if President Trump should be investigated … 2.8 million votes … 70% + said no

The Republican won in SC, too. LOL!

Let’s give thanks for the victory.

Pollsters hardest hit, right after the prog party, but then I repeat myself.

Feminists 0, Woman 1 (one) (won)

Spend $30 million on a race. Lose.

So, how much is that for each vote he received?

Ossoff was the obama of congressional candidates.

Ossoff: “Ossoff and running – out of town!”

Synonyms:

“Trump:” winner; success; quality; elegance

“Obama:” low quality; fake; cheap; dumb; nose-picker

“Hillary Clinton:” loser; pathetic

“Ossoff:” super-loser; boehner

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