A new poll from Survey USA was released on Monday that shows Democrat Jon Ossoff leading Republican Karen Handel by 7%, 51 to 44, among likely voters. The runoff election will be held on June 20th in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The election will replace former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga), who resigned after he was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Service within the Trump administration.
Ossoff just missed obtaining the 50%-plus-one votes he needed to secure the seat in the April 18th primary. He finished in first place with 48% of the vote and was followed by Handel who was a distant second with just 19.8%. While Ossoff was alone as the Democratic nominee, Handel had tough competition for the Republican nomination from 11 other candidates.
The Survey USA poll was commissioned by WXIA TV and was conducted over a four-day period between May 16th and May 20th. It had a margin of error of 4.3%. “SurveyUSA interviewed 700 registered voters 5/16/17 through 5/20/17 using Registration-Based Sampling (aka Voter List sample) purchased from Aristotle in Washington DC. Of the 700 registered voters, 549 were judged by SurveyUSA to have already voted in the runoff or to be certain to so before the 06/12/17 deadline,” the poll summary stated. Two earlier polls showed the race to be a statistical dead heat.
The results have been portrayed as an indicator that media criticisms of President Trump have hurt his standing as well as fellow Republicans around the country. “The 06/20/17 runoff has national implications and will be seen as a referendum on the Republican President,” Survey USA said in its poll summary.
This is an unusual race because of the amount of money that is being poured into Ossoff’s campaign from people primarily outside of Georgia. Liberals from Hollywood and other places have given millions to his effort. Less than 10% of his funding came from within his district, and Ossoff has had to deal with criticism because he doesn’t live in the 6th District of Georgia.
Breitbart News reported that “A highly energized effort by the Democrats that has raised more than $8.9 million from around the country for thirty-year-old Jon Ostroff has caught the Republican leadership napping.” With just four weeks to go before the June 20th election, the record pace of spending and media coverage will likely just keep increasing until a winner is declared. Because this will set a precedent for the elections coming in 2018, both sides have a lot to win and lose.
What do you think is going to happen in this close watched election?