Five Important Takeaways from the Special Election in Georgia

The State of Georgia held its special election on Tuesday to replace Representative Tom Price. Democrat Jon Ossoff was unable to steal the election in the primary and must now face Republican Karen Handel in a runoff. The Democrats threw a lot of resources into this race in the hopes of embarrassing President Trump. That did not work. Here are the 5 things we have learned so far.

As Written by Virgil for The Blaze:

President Trump took a risk by intervening in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.  That is, a more cautious president might have chosen to “stay above it all” and just let the election play itself out.  Instead, in the run-up to the April 18 balloting, Trump charged in, firing off a half-dozen tweets to his 28 million followers.

With that in mind, it seems seems fitting to let White House press secretary Sean Spicer–himself a longtime veteran of Republican electioneering—have the first word.  As he said in his Wednesday briefing:

This is a district that was very close on the presidential level last cycle, and the Democrats went all-in on this.  They were clear going into this election.  They said that their goal was to get over 50 percent. They came up short.  They lost. And the reaction has somewhat been, you know, that they almost won.  No, they lost.  They made very clear what their goal was in this race.  They spent $8.3 million and threw everything including the kitchen sink into at it and lost.

Spicer is correct that the Democrats had high hopes for Georgia 6—hopes that were not quite dashed, but also not realized.

Yes, Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48 percent of the vote, which is ten points more than the Democratic candidate won in the same district last November, when the GOP candidate was Tom Price, now Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.  So yes, Ossoff was tantalizingly close to winning outright, thus becoming a US Congressman.  Yet, as they say about elections, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

Instead, Ossoff will now face Republican Karen Handel one-on-one in the June 20 runoff.  Handel trailed far behind Ossoff in the first round of voting, with just shy of 20 percent, but she was in a crowded field, including a number of plausible GOP rivals.

So while Ossoff starts from a strong place, close to 50, Handel still has a good shot; the reality is that all the Republicans running on Tuesday got more votes than  all the Democrats, including Ossoff.  So if Handel can unite her fellow Republicans, she will likely win.

Now five more takeaways:

First, the issues that Trump tweeted about are revealing.  The President hit hard the populist-nationalist themes of his 2016 campaign, and yet he made one interesting, and perhaps revealing, omission. Here’s one presidential tweet, from April 17:

The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressional race tomorrow wants to ……..


Virgil: Five Takeaways from the Georgia Special Election

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