The Anti-Trump money failed yesterday when the Devil did not come down to Georgia, or did he, since Trump is the new Devil.
“This race is absolutely and entirely a referendum on President Trump,” said one Republican consultant granted anonymity to speak candidly about the contest. “Every single vote Jon Ossoff receives is a rebuke of Trump from within GA-06.”
Sensing opportunity, national Democrats flooded the race with money — Ossoff raised an eye-popping $8.3 million over the last three months, 95% of which came from out of the state of Georgia (for a Candidate who doesn’t even live in the District to begin with). That massive influx of cash, coupled with a lack of any other serious Democrats in the race and a disdain among many Republicans in the district for Trump’s in-your-face style, made for a surprising opportunity for Democrats in the south — a region where the party has been decimated over the last decade.
Ossoff will now face former Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican who finished in clear second despite running around 30 points behind Ossoff.
While Ossoff and national Democrats acknowledged that they hoped to win the seat outright Tuesday due to the crowded and fractured GOP field, Ossoff will likely enter the runoff with Handel as a slight favorite. The question for Ossoff, and Democrats more broadly, is whether they can successfully link an establishment Republican like Handel to the less-than-popular Trump over the course of a two month, one-versus-one runoff slog.
Well, lying, intimidation and demonizing fear is what they do best.
Democrats, out of power in Congress and the White House, need a spark to convince themselves they can take back all that they had lost. Georgia’s 6th district was seen as the best chance for that spark. It didn’t happen on Tuesday night — and now Democrats will have to wait almost two months to see if they can start to build momentum for the November 2018 midterms. (CNN)