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The Stakes in Georgia's Election Couldn't Be Higher

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Play Facebook Twitter Embed High stakes special election in Georgia House race 2:10 autoplay autoplay Copy this code to your website or blog The stakes in Georgia’s election couldn’t be higher Tomorrow’s special congressional runoff in Georgia is a race that either party should win — for different reasons. For Republicans, this is a district they’ve represented since the late 1970s (when Newt Gingrich was first elected); the previous congressman, Tom Price (who’s now HHS secretary), received 62% of the vote in 2016; and the party (via the NRCC and the top House GOP Super PAC) has spent about $15 million to win it. For Democrats, President Trump’s job approval rating remains in the 30s (when it was in the low 40s during the initial round of voting in April); this is precisely the kind of upscale/affluent district Democrats need to win to take back control of the House; and Democrat Jon Ossoff got 48% of the vote back in April — so just two percentage points away from what he needs for victory Tuesday night. As a result, the stakes couldn’t be higher, even though a single special election doesn’t predict what will happen in a midterm cycle a year and a half from now. What an Ossoff victory could give Democrats: a tangible win for the resistance opposing Trump; a warning shot to Senate Republicans pursuing health care, especially since it’s been a major issue in this race; and unquestionable momentum heading into the midterms. What a Karen Handel victory could give Republicans: confidence their candidates can win in a challenging environment, perhaps boosting recruiting; a green light to continue pursuing health care; and a demoralizing blow to Democrats (that they spent all that money and energy and got nothing in return). It’s hard to disagree with Stu Rothenberg’s take: “Democratic strategists may hate the idea
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