Samuel L. Jackson: 'Vote for Democratic Party' in Georgia Special Election

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 18, 2017

But Tom Price, the district's longtime Republican U.S. House member, stepped down earlier this year to join President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

In just three months, Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, has raised a whopping $8.3 million, vastly more than most candidates running in major statewide races. If the Republican candidate in the lead, Karen Handel, can unite the party, Ossoff will be swamped in the runoff election. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote, a runoff will be held in May. If he comes in under 50 percent, he'll face off against whichever one of the Republicans gets second place. At this stage, the GOP contenders have turned on each other as much or more than they have taken aim at Ossoff.

SUAREZ: Jessica, why are Democrats so optimistic about this race, a big field for a seat normally held by a Republican? The answer is complicated, but the abridged version is because demographics in the district are changing and certain flavors of Republican voters despise Donald Trump.

Newsweek's Matthew Cooper discusses the White House staff power struggle, as reports say Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is becoming m... "This is your election to win and send a strong message to Trump". Price was re-elected in November with a 23-point spread, but Trump carried the district only by 1.5 percentage points over his rival Hillary Clinton. Mike Pompeo - now Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director - won by more than 30 points just last fall.

"The energy we've seen, there's been a slight downtick, which I think is natural coming off a very contentious election that we won", the operative said, adding that the GOP has to get its voters "reengaged".

An Ossoff victory would no doubt be cast as a rebuke to Trump's young presidency.

"If [Democrats] win in Georgia tomorrow, then maybe these rallies create excitement, but if they don't, then at least the question is: what difference are they making?" asked Joe Scarborough on his MSNBC show Morning Joe on Monday in reference to a series of tax day rallies that were organized in cities nationally over the weekend, including in Atlanta.

Said another way: When the candidates' own campaign money is excluded, the Georgia 6th special election has attracted about one Georgia penny for every $10 in national cash, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal campaign finance disclosures. Judson Hill, businessman Bob Gray, or former state Sen.

But among the group gathered in Sandy Springs on Saturday morning, it's a mix of young and old volunteers, majority from this very district who, like Bruce Johnson, can't believe that this traditionally red area is even on the map with the potential to flip. That's enabled him not just to blanket the airwaves but to also build a massive field operation that has many Republicans rightly anxious. A stunning $14 million has been spent on advertising, most of it fueled by out-of-state money. That's been met by millions in anti-Ossoff spending from outside groups affiliated with the GOP, including the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund, who have together dumped more than $5 million into the race. "[Bush], but I could not vote for Donald Trump", Vicki Ingram, a retiree in the district told me.

But Trump's tepid support in the district and Ossoff's out-of-nowhere campaign may be the first big test of the Trump resistance - or just another close call for frustrated Democrats.

What does this mean for control of the House?

But Ossoff and his army of volunteers smell blood in the water and want to deliver a knock-out punch on Tuesday - something the Democratic candidate said would reverberate well beyond the Northern Atlanta suburbs. That's because Georgia's 6th is exactly the kind of suburban red district Democrats need to be able to compete in if they're going to pull off that feat. Tom Price, who vacated the seat to become President Donald Trump's secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, first won the district in 2004 running unopposed.

But there's a danger in reading too deeply into races like this. That sparked Tuesday's special election to fill his seat, which has suddenly made the district the unlikely focus of national political interests willing to spend unprecedented amounts of money.

While slipping a fresh-faced rising star into the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price would be a huge coup for Democrats, the all-in push in the Peach State has its potential drawbacks.

Democrats see the flood of donations as a sign they're not alone in opposing the president.

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