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WashPost Survey: 55 Percent Chance Jon Ossoff Wins Georgia Special Election

Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel on Tuesday ripped Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff for the flood of outside donations that have pumped up his war chest and helped make Tuesday’s Georgia special election the most expensive House race in US history. Voters in the Palmetto State’s 5th Congressional District are going to the polls to determine who will succeed Mick Mulvaney – now the White House budget director – in Congress. Millionaire developer Ralph Norman, the Republican, is favored over former Goldman Sachs tax adviser Archie Parnell, the Democrat.The race, however, is very tight, according to recent polling.While progressives would like to see Ossoff get elected and see him help stand against the Trump agenda, the exorbitant sums of money in American politics, – thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision – is troubling.Democrats are viewing the contest as a referendum on Trump’s policies.”But Jon, since the special election where you were at 48.1 [percent of the vote] things have only moved to 48.8 with 50 million bucks under your belt”, she argued.More than 140,000 voters have cast early ballots, suggesting total turnout will exceed a typical midterm election.The most-expensive USA congressional race in history is coming to a head in Atlanta, Georgia today (June 20), with some analysts labelling it a referendum on divisive President Donald Trump. Host Stephanie Ruhle asked why, in such a close race, Ossoff has not made a greater effort to address his residency outside of the district.Some observers were also eyeing the race for clues into how voters perceive the Republican health care bill now making its way through Congress. Trump also reminded voters Ossoff “doesn’t even live in district”. Ossoff has also run campaign ads specifically addressing Handel’s purported role in the Planned Parenthood defunding.The affluent and well-educated Georgia 6th District has elected Newt Gingrich, the former speaker; Johnny Isakson, now Georgia’s senior USA senator; and most recently Tom Price, who resigned in February to join the administration. One, who gave his name as Nick Brendan and his age as 21, said he thought the neighborhood was over-policed, but didn’t believe either candidate was interested in changing that.In another Monday tweet, Trump criticized Ossoff for not being able to vote in the 6th District he wants to represent. He emphasizes it’s mostly from individual donors.Handel has benefited from outside money, too. Rather, groups like the Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, have spent millions on her behalf.”Everybody knows about this race”, said U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. She has raised just $4 million.Democrats have plenty of energy nationally, but it hasn’t translated to the electoral scoreboard. In November, Price won the seat by more than 20 points. Losing would raise questions about whether Democrats can turn protests and fundraising records into victory.The party has fallen short this year in elections in Kansas and Montana, and it is expected to lose another race on Tuesday in SC. Ossoff called Rep. Steve Scalise’s shooting a “national tragedy” that should not be politicized.