Wednesday, April 19, 2017


This election was for the seat held by Newt Gingrich for years, and then by Tom Price.  Three counties were involved.  The Democrat, Joe Ossoff, won DeKalb county by 58.6%, Fulton county by 47.6%, and Cobb county by 41.3%.  He won the overall vote, in a field of 11 Republican candidates, 4 Democrats, and 2 independents.  He failed to win outright by 1.9%.  His opponent in the June runoff won only 19.8% of the vote.  The next nearest Democrat won only 500 votes; Ossoff won 92,390.  Handel won 37, 993.  Handel's best showing was in Fulton County, where she won 22.3% of the vote.  This is pretty much an unprecedented showing by a Democrat.

Keith Olbermann is right:  the President is getting crazier.

(and it's the official White House line:  Ossoff lost, because he didn't win outright.  And it's a HUGE loss!

“They were clear going into this election, they said their goal was to get over 50 percent. They came up short,” Spicer said during the daily press briefing when asked about the race. “I think this was a big loss for them. The bottom line is they went all-in on it. They said that they — their goal was to get over 50 percent. They came up short.”

In a district that's been a safe Republican seat since at least Newt Gingrich was in the House, and that Price abandoned precisely because it was "safe."  This gives "whistling past the graveyard" a whole new meaning.  Then again, Trump had bigger crowds at his inauguration than Obama ever did, right?)

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