Mercoledì, 28 Giugno, 2017

Candidates in tight Georgia race make final bid for votes

Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 00:41

Georgia 6th Congressional District hopeful Jon Ossoff is getting help from a fellow Democrat who also tried to pull an upset in Republican territory.

A spokesperson for Handel, who formerly served as Georgia's secretary of state, joined Ossoff in his condemnation of the ad.

Missouri's Jason Kander had perhaps the most notable campaign ad of 2016 during his failed bid for the U.S. Senate. "There's so much gridlock in Washington it's time for some fresh leadership".

Ossoff says House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot on a suburban Washington, D.C. baseball field, is "fighting for his life". Ossoff criticized the ad for politicizing "a tragedy that has united the country".

Many political pundits have suggested that Ossoff may benefit from Trump's low approval ratings as well as demographic changes within the district. Scalise was shot by a man who identified on social media as a liberal, and he offered angry critiques of Republicans and President Donald Trump.


Those are some of the rationales that could ultimately settle what both campaigns agree will be a close race, despite Republicans holding the seat since 1979 with representatives from Newt Gingrich, the eventual House speaker, to Price. "In order to win the House back we have to win in districts that are gerrymandered for Republicans, so [special elections like this one are] laboratories for us to figure out what's the best way to mobilize this vote", Democratic National Committee Associate Chair Jaime Harrison told Politico.

AJC reports that Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel have each strongly condemned the ad and its use of footage from the shooting's aftermath.

Handel and McCarthy started the day at a breakfast restaurant, shaking hands and urging people to vote on Tuesday. More than 140,000 voters participated in early voting, indicating huge interest in the special election.

The race for the Georgia 6th Congressional District has been the most heated House race in recent memory, with historic spending on both sides of the political aisle.

So when the contest heated up, people paid attention - partly because it is seen as a referendum on Trump and possibly an early indicator of how the midterm elections could go next year.

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