Early voting numbers for Georgia’s 6th congressional district special election show that Democrats have double the vote tally than that of Republicans after the first five days of casting ballots. Democrats are pinning their hopes on Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old filmmaker and former congressional aide.
A splintered field of eleven Republicans could lead to an upset victory for Ossoff in this historically conservative district. If he can amass 50 percent of the vote by the April 18 election, he will avoid a runoff against whomever amasses the most votes besides him – a probable Republican, whom he may be hard-pressed to beat in a one-on-one match up.
If he is indeed elected to Georgia’s 6th, it will be the first time a democrat has held the seat since John J. Flynt, Jr. was elected in 1965.
— POLITICO (@politico) April 1, 2017
Michael McDonald, associate professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Political Science, tweeted that, after five days of both in-person and absentee voting, Democrats have 3,591 votes; Republicans have 1,880 votes; and 2,639 are unaffiliated with a party. Nate Cohn, a New York Times writer who covers elections and polling, has Democrats with 4,387 votes; Republicans with 2,392 votes; and unaffiliated voters with 1,309 votes.
i've got D 4387, R 2392, None 1309
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) April 2, 2017
The election of a Democrat to Georgia’s 6th congressional district would be an especially painful rebuke to Trump as it was the congressional seat vacated by Republican Tom Price, who is now Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary.
Price is embroiled in his own troubles, accused of insider trading. Not to be outdone by Price, Trump also managed to get himself into hot water with the surprise firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara—the man leading the investigation into Tom Price’s insider trading accusation.
With the tide turning more every day, even the most conservative corners of the country are rejecting Trump and the Republican Party’s backwards agenda.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.