Democrat John Ossoff Leads In Georgia Special Election
With a month to go before the Special Election to replace former Congressman Tom Price, who became Donald Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Democrat John Ossoff holds a lead over Republican Karen Handel according to a new poll:
A new poll shows Democrat Jon Ossoff with a 7-point lead against Republican Karen Handel ahead of the runoff election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
Of the 700 voters interviewed in the SurveyUSA poll conducted for Atlanta TV station WXIA, Ossoff leads with 51 percent compared to Handel’s 44 percent. Six percent of respondents were undecided and the margin of error was 4.3 percent.
Voters in the district were surveyed as evenly split on the Republican proposal to replace the 2010 health care law signed by former President Barack Obama, with 47 percent supporting and an equal number opposing.
Handel might also be hurt by President Donald Trump, who has a 51 percent disapproval rating in the district.
A majority of voters polled also said it was not an issue that Ossoff did not live in the district or that Handel did not have a college degree.
It’s worth noting that this poll shows Ossoff with a larger lead than either candidate has had in polling that has shifted back and forth over the past several weeks, so it’s possible that this is an outlier. Nonetheless, it’s worth noting that the Georgia 6th has generally been a Republican district for some time now, so it’s surprising to see Handel struggling at this point. Why Ossoff is performing so well is unclear, but it does seem as though Trump’s unpopularity may be dragging on Handel. As I said in my post after the first round in this election, the outcome of the Special Election runoff on June 20th will depend largely on which candidate is most likely to get their voters to the polls for an election taking place at a time when many people will likely be on summer vacations, or otherwise not paying much attention to an off-year, oddly timed election. Right now, though, it seems to be Ossoff’s race to lose. We’ll see how polling goes as we get closer to Election Day.