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In Georgia race, Republicans battle as Democrat chases upset

11 April 2017

An Ossoff win there, in the district represented until recently by new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and, previously, by Newt Gingrich, would buoy an already energized Democratic base and be seen nationally as a rebuke of Trump's presidency.

Day 11 of in-person ev in GA-6 is D 49, R 29.

Ossoff's campaign last week revealed it had raised a stunning $8.3 million from January through most of March, a haul that has helped it rise to the top of a crowded 18-candidate field despite the House district's traditional Republican lean.

Gray depicts himself as a "willing partner" to Trump but faces ongoing criticism from several other Republican contenders about just how supportive of the president he was during the primary.

Grassroots Democratic groups flood the district's tidy suburban neighborhoods on the weekends, busing in volunteers from as far away as Maryland to go door to door on Ossoff's behalf.

Republicans are confident they can win a one-on-one race with Ossoff, as the party unites with organizational and financial help pouring into the Republican-majority district.

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a political action committee allied with House GOP leadership, says in the video that Ossoff is "on her side" and urges voters to back one of the Republican candidates in the race.

And Democrats are hoping Ossoff, who has emerged as the unquestioned leader in a field that includes four other Democrats, will benefit from the campaign muddle.

Republicans are hopeful a wave of attack ads that paint Ossoff as a liberal stooge and an inexperienced newcomer will keep him under the 50 percent threshold, though some privately worry he could pull off a stunning victory.

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Outside groups and the national Republican Party are spending millions to paint the Democrat in their television ads as the hope of window-smashing anarchists who want him in Congress. Georgia Republican Party mailers darkly warn about Ossoff's work for the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera network.

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So in the eleventh hour, Republicans are now sending in their cavalry.

It's enough to leave national Republicans nervous they could lose the traditionally conservative suburban Atlanta district where Trump underperformed, with any upset certain to embolden Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. And then you have Ted Cruz campaigning with Estes on Monday. And it worked. The L.A. Times reported, "No Democrat in the Georgia district has ever had such a war chest".

Similarly, the under-the-radar May 25 U.S. House race in Montana to replace now-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is gaining traction as Rob Quist-described as a "legendary banjo-strumming folk singer with a populist streak and a penchant for public service"-is drawing hundreds to his rallies".

"I feel like Bernie Sanders".

If no one reaches 50 per cent, a vote between the top two candidates will happen in June. "So if we can be of help to Quist, happy to do that as well".

"We realize that democrats winning even a special election is a long shot, but we're taking the race extremely seriously", Shepherd said. "As of April 10", HuffPo notes, "there have been 15 special elections for state house and senate seats since November 9, 2016". The five special elections for house seats are Georgia's 6th District, Montana's at-large House seat, Kansas' 4th District, South Carolina's 5th District, and California's 34th District.

Flippable, an organization of former Hillary Clinton campaigners that is trying to channel national anti-Trump momentum to turn red districts blue, has put together resources for other local contests.

In Georgia race, Republicans battle as Democrat chases upset