Help Democrat Jon Ossoff win the House of Representatives seat that Tom Price vacated in Georgia.
Update: Ossoff got 48 percent of the vote–a stunning turnout for a Georgia special election, but short of the 51 percent he needed to win outright and avoid a runoff. The runoff will be held on June 20. His Republican opponent is Karen Handel. See below to visit Ossoff’s web site, donate to his campaign, and phone-bank for it. Watch for additional posts on how to help Ossoff take the seat on June 20.
Original text is below.
The silver lining of Tom Price becoming the head of Health and Human Services is he had to leave his seat in the house of representatives. Georgia’s sixth district will hold a special election to fill it, with the primary scheduled for Tuesday April 18. It will be the first federal Congressional election since Trump took office.
The race will be tough, but not impossible. Democrats last held the house seat in 1978, but Trump won the district by only one percent in November. It could go blue.
The Georgia preliminaries take the form of a “jungle primary,” where as many who wish to compete can sign up, and whoever gets more than 50 percent of the vote wins. If no one crosses the 50 percent threshold, the top two vote-getters move on to compete against each other, regardless of their party affiliations. (The head-to-head contest would take place on June 20.) A total of 18 candidates have registered: eleven Republicans, five Democrats, and two Independents.
Democrats have quickly fallen in behind Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former intern of Georgia house rep John Lewis, who has endorsed him. So too has neighboring Georgia house rep Hank Johnson. Ossoff served as a deputy communications chief during Johnson’s 2006 campaign and as a legislative aide after Johnson won.
Ossoff’s fundraising prowess has been crazy-strong. As of February 28, his campaign claims to have raised almost $2 million in less than two months, with about $1 million coming via the Daily Kos web site.
Ossoff’s keenest Republican opponent is likely to be Karen Handel. She’s a former secretary of state for Georgia, and she was forced to resign from the Susan G. Komen For The Cure for leading a controversial and ultimately failed effort to stop funding Planned Parenthood.
Right now, you can help Ossoff by donating to his campaign and urging friends in Georgia’s sixth district to vote for him. OTYCD will update this post with info on how to phone-bank for him when the time comes.
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