Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jon Ossoff couldn't flip a congressional seat outright, but he's well-positioned for a runoff in June

Democrats should rejoice. A pro-choice Democrat just forced a runoff in a dark red district in the South, despite a last-minute assault by President Donald Trump.

Republicans should be running scared.

The last congressional election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the Republican incumbent won by more than 20 percentage points. On Tuesday, however, voters in the affluent Atlanta suburbs turned out for a special election to hand a 30-year-old Democrat a whopping 30-point lead over his closest competitor.

While Jon Ossoff did not get the more than 50 percent of the vote to win the election outright on Tuesday, the young Democrat is headed to a June 2 runoff against top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel. The former Georgia Secretary of State is most infamous for being forced to resign from the Susan G. Komen after seeking to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

“This is already a victory for the ages,” Ossoff told supporters at an election night watch party shortly before midnight.

It appears that Ossoff’s final vote tally will be as drastic an improvement over previous Democratic congressional candidate similar as that seen by the Democratic candidate in last week’s special election in Kansas.  Read full post here 

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