Democrats Aim To 'Make Trump Furious' In Georgia Election
Apr 19 2017 by Irving Hamilton
Georgia voters in the Atlanta suburbs will go to the polls on Tuesday in a special election for the congressional seat vacated by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price.
A highly anticipated special election in Georgia is coming down to the wire Tuesday as Democrats look to deliver a major upset and turn the House race into a referendum on President Trump.
Trump is clearly focused on racking up wins before the 100 day mark and you can easily imagine him touting the fact that Democrats said they would win two seats - in Kansas and today in Georgia - because of his unpopularity, but failed to win either.
Georgia's 6th District has elected Republicans to the House since the late 1970s, but Trump only carried it by 1 percentage point in the November presidential election.
This article has been updated with details information about the email Trump sent Tuesday.
Georgia election officials are investigating reported issues at three polling places in the 6th Congressional District.
Ossoff has used the anti-Trump windfall to blanket the expensive television market with advertising that tries to stoke liberal angst but also woo disaffected Republicans in a district Trump barely won in November. On the Republican side, eleven candidates are trying to maintain the district as a conservative stronghold. Now, though, he needs that same Republican Party to put aside its divisions long enough to save itself a House seat.
Republicans say they can beat Ossoff in a one-on-one contest, when the party will be able to unite around a single candidate.
If nobody finishes above 50 percent, the race goes to a June 20 run-off that is expected to pit Ossoff against one of the Republican hopefuls.
"Millions have taken to the streets, flooded congressional phone lines, and attended town hall meetings to hold the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress accountable".
The primary includes 18 candidates - Republicans, Democrats and Independents.
Ossoff explained to CNN that he grew up in the district but lives about 10 minutes away with his girlfriend of 12 years.
Ossoff has been helped by an influx of millions from Democrats hoping this race can provide a much needed victory and finally produce some wind at their backs heading into the 2018 midterm elections. He observes, "If [Jon] Ossoff were to win today, Democrats and their media adjunct won't let us stop hearing about it".
The president took to Twitter on Tuesday morning, declaring Ossoff "would be a disaster in Congress" and the day before he wildly claimed that the "super liberal" Democrat "wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"
Ossoff won't be able to vote for himself because he's not now a resident.