A special congressional election in Georgia is now billing at an estimated $40 million and counting between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, making it easily the most expensive in history, NBC News reported. Ossoff says any tax changes should be “fiscally responsible”.
Ossoff will enter election day with surprisingly strong numbers for the heavily Republican suburbs of Atlanta: “If Democrats are to keep pace with their special election results so far, then Ossoff probably should be winning the race, not just coming close – and Georgia 6 should be the election where Democrats go from “moral victories” to actual wins”, FiveThirtyEight writes in its analysis. “Ossoff’s campaign is also seeking support from thousands of newly registered voters and some independents who are not regular voters”.
Despite backlash from both candidates, the Washington Examiner reported that a spokesman for the Republican-backing Principled Leadership Project that the group stands by the ad.
Ossoff called the ad “shameful” in a statement.
Both candidates tried to avoid talk on Monday about the contest’s national implications for Democrats and Republicans in the Trump era, but their supporters aren’t treading as carefully. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and was an outspoken critic of Republican policy on social media (Sanders has strongly condemned the shooting).
“I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us“, Brad Carver, the Republican chairman of a neighboring Congressional district, said at an event for Handel.
“The strategy for this campaign has always been about who is best and the right fit for people of this district”, Handel said on Monday.
President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and two members of Trump’s cabinet with Georgia ties – Sonny Perdue and Tom Price – have previously campaigned with her.
Handel faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in a nationally watched matchup that Democrats want to turn into a referendum on Trump.
Taking the stage in a half-filled airplane hangar to rally supporters of Republican candidate Karen Handel, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price could not help but point to the record-shattering surge of liberal money that has flooded into the special House race here.
The election will be held on Tuesday.