WASHINGTON — On Tuesday night, Democrats will find out if the opposition to Donald Trump that has electrified the left since November can be converted into actual electoral results.
All eyes are on the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, where Democrats see an opportunity to flip a seat that has been in Republican hands for decades. Jon Ossoff, a 30-year old, previously unknown documentary filmmaker, has become a lightning rod for the excitement and anger that has been building since the election in November, and an outlet for Democrats looking for a way to make a statement. Ossoff has drawn national attention and raised a record-setting $8.3 million (largely from outside of the district, which lies in the suburbs just north of Atlanta).
The big question: Can that energy propel Ossoff to a victory with more than 50% of the vote in an 18-candidate all-party primary on Tuesday? Or will he fall short, and be forced to compete in a June runoff?
Tuesday’s “jungle primary” puts all the candidates — 11 Republicans, five Democrats, and two independents — on a single ballot. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote Tuesday, the top two candidates will head into a runoff. Many Democrats believe Ossoff’s best chance at winning this Republican seat is to do so outright on Tuesday while Republican support remains fractured between several candidates. A one-on-one race between Ossoff and an as-yet unnamed Republican candidate in a longtime Republican district could be a much bigger hurdle for Democrats. Read full story here