Democrat’s hopes of snatching Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District have been dashed.
In today’s special election, called by many a referendum on Trump, two candidates rose above the fray of 18 candidates to make it to the June runoff. Jon Ossoff, Nancy Pelosi’s prize boy, Hank Johnson’s prodigy, Al Jazeera contributor, and resident of Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, will face Republican Karen Handel, former Secretary of State and Fulton county commissioner.
Ossoff, who has raised in excess of $8 million (95% of which has come from out of state) will not make out with the seat easily. The district, which has not been held by a Democrat since former Speaker Newt Gingrich took office in 1979, is considered by most pundits to be a “solid” and “safe” Republican district. Although the district narrowly went in Trump’s favor (and in the GOP primary, went to the “establishment” candidate in Marco Rubio), all state legislative positions are held by republicans. Now that the Republican party has a designated nominee, Ossoff will face a United force, not a smattering of republicans with warring factions.
Given a strong candidate with high name ID, a united party, and a solid Republican district, any hopes of this seat being held by Jon Ossoff are dead.