Georgia Special Election: Democrats Work for Victory
To say that Democrats and Liberals are interested in flipping Georgia’s 6th District House seat on Tuesday is an understatement.
Tomorrow’s Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is an early referendum on the leadership of President Donald Trump and National Democrats are stopping at nothing in their attempt to flip the seat.
The seat was formerly held by Tom Price, the current Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Ossoff’s campaign operation has swelled to nearly 14,000 paid staff and volunteers who knock on doors to try to get voters to the poll.
Early voting numbers indicate massive interest in the special election surpassing even the numbers recorded in the first election. In that election, Ossoff fell just short of the 50% needed for outright win.
The Ossoff campaign said earlier today they have knocked on more than half a million doors ahead of tomorrow’s vote.
Besides the number of volunteers, Ossoff has raised a massive $23 million and has, in conjunction with outside political organizations, spent upwards of $50 million during the campaign.
To win the special election, Ossoff said he knows that turning out voters is the key.
“The [get-out-the-vote] effort is huge and critical,” Ossoff told reporters this weekend at his Chamblee office.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure folks know when and where to vote and how,” he said, adding that his campaign is “making the case for fresh leadership given what’s going on in Washington and that sending another career politician to D.C. ain’t going to change anything.”
Going into the last weekend of get-out-the-vote effort, Ossoff and his team refused to slow down citing the need to reach as many people as possible.
His schedule was packed with events on Sunday and today and volunteers said they were not slowing down either.
During a stop at his Sandy Springs field office late Sunday, Ossoff told volunteers not to stop because they are poised for victory.
“It is thanks to the thousands of volunteers who have been knocking on doors for so long that we are poised to win this thing on Tuesday,” Ossoff said to cheers of “Flip the Sixth.”
National Democrats expect it to be a long night.
“This (special election results) is not going to be quick. We expect to win with the victory coming maybe late in the evening as the vote tally comes in,” a Washington, D.C. Based Democrat told us over the week.
Ossoff believes that as well. He said over the weekend that he expects the election to be close.
“This is going to be an extraordinarily close election and it’s going to be a late night on Tuesday,” he said. “Every vote will count.”
National organizations such as the Progressive Turnout Project and The Planned Parenthood Action Committee are also in Georgia mounting efforts to get out the vote.
Planned Parenthood Action Committee announced over the weekend that it has 40 canvassers who will have knocked on over 80,000 doors before Tuesday.
Alex Morgan, executive director of the Progressive Turnout Project told the media that her organization’s focus is to bring out voters who consistently vote on elections. They have four full time staff in the district and they expect to reach 20,000 before Tuesday.
Experts believe that for Ossoff to win the Georgia special election, he will need a huge turnout from African Americans while Republican Karen Handel will need to turn out white women to secure victory.
Besides Price, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich once held this seat and winning on Tuesday will send a powerful message to President Trump, and Republican House and Senate leaders that 2018 may not be a good year.
“I said very early on after the April election, the key to this election is the early vote. That’s why you see such a high early vote,” said Eric Tanenblatt, an Atlanta, GA based Republican lobbyist..
“The last 72 hours of the campaign is all about energy and momentum and trying to energize the base.”
Democrats believe their chances of winning on Tuesday is good but most volunteers vowed that win or lose, they will be back in 2018 and 2010.
“Those of us who have joined this group are looking at this for the long haul,” said Jennifer Mosbacher, 42, a small business owner in East Cobb. “We’ll be back again for 2018.”
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