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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 02:57 PM

Early-vote turnout soars in Georgia special election

Source: Politico



Over 140,000 people have already voted in the race between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff, including 36,000 who didn't vote in the first round.

By SCOTT BLAND 06/17/2017 11:16 AM EDT

Early voting in Georgia's special House election closed Friday evening with over 140,000 ballots cast, with overall turnout looking likely to rise in Tuesday's closely watched matchup between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.

The early voters in the second round include over 36,000 people who did not participate in April, according to data from the Georgia secretary of state's office. That includes past voters who stayed home as well as newly registered voters who added their names to the rolls in Georgia's 6th District after the primary.

The total number of voters on Tuesday is expected to surpass the high turnout in the first round, when over 192,000 voters cast ballots, including about 57,000 who voted early. The final turnout on Tuesday could easily exceed the vote total in the 2014 midterm elections, when over 210,500 people voted in the district.

The high levels of voting reflect extraordinarily high local interest in the race. After a $50 million campaign (a national record for a House race), 92 percent of voters said they are watching the race "closely," including 64 percent following it "very closely," according to a recent Atlanta Journal Constitution poll. And 52 percent of voters said in the poll that they think the race between Handel and Ossoff is more important than past elections.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/17/early-voting-georgia-special-election-2017-239663

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Reply Early-vote turnout soars in Georgia special election (Original post)
DonViejo Jun 17 OP
FM123 Jun 17 #1
leftieNanner Jun 17 #7
Susan Calvin Jun 17 #9
beachbum bob Jun 17 #2
yallerdawg Jun 17 #3
stephensolomita Jun 17 #4
PearliePoo2 Jun 17 #5
Wounded Bear Jun 17 #8
Dawson Leery Jun 17 #16
stephensolomita Jun 19 #17
Wounded Bear Jun 19 #18
stephensolomita Jun 19 #20
Wounded Bear Jun 19 #21
stephensolomita Jun 20 #22
cisco man Jun 20 #23
58Sunliner Jun 17 #12
turbinetree Jun 17 #6
YOHABLO Jun 17 #10
BootinUp Jun 17 #11
LBM20 Jun 17 #13
winstars Jun 17 #14
JackRiddler Jun 17 #15
LanternWaste Jun 19 #19
ucrdem Jun 20 #24

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:01 PM

1. I feel so conflicted....

On one hand it's wonderful to have such a large turn out and we should feel optimistic, but on the other hand - well, Putin.

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Response to FM123 (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:25 PM

7. Not just Putin

Unverifiable, easily hackable electronic voting machines and a Republican secretary of state who doesn't care!

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:31 PM

9. Yep. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:01 PM

2. Difficult to take away too much from this on who has the early vote

Advantage except to say democrats usually have great early vote turn out. The extraordinary turn out numbers could be helpful for ossoff.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:04 PM

3. A message here Tuesday...

could change everything!

Go, Democratic Georgians of the 6th District!

YOU could change everything!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:26 PM

4. Georgia's 6th

 

It's important to consider, as we move toward the 2018 Congressional election, the makeup of Georgia's 6Th. Upscale, well-educated, respectable and respectful. In the past, we called them country-club Republicans. The term is out of fashion, but I think it can be applied to voters who, with few exceptions, wouldn't be caught dead at a Trump rally screaming, "build that wall" or, "...lock her up." A couple of nights ago, Virginia held gubernatorial primaries for both parties. The turnout - more than fifty percent higher for Dems than Republicans - was definitely encouraging. Larry Sabato, formerly a republican pollster and now head of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, offered an interesting analysis. Republican moderates, he explained, were leaving the party in droves. And not just in Virginia, but across the country. If the Dems are to take control of Congress next year, it will be through their votes, the moderate Republicans, and not West Virginia coal miners.


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Response to stephensolomita (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:39 PM

5. Great post with interesting and encouraging analysis.

Thanks for posting and welcome to DU stephensolomita!

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Response to stephensolomita (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:28 PM

8. "Moderate" Repub politicians have been leaving the party for years...

many were driven out in the Tea Party purge. About time the voters caught up with what is happening to the party.

The recent rift in Congress was not between Extreme Rs and Moderate Rs, it was between Extreme Rs and Far Right Rs. Two version of RW extremism fighting each other. Dems were right to just sit back and let them tear at each other.

Hopefully, this realization of how extreme the Rs have become starts to take hold across the country. We're nearing a point of no return.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 07:35 PM

16. It is why Democrats have won the popular mandate since Clinton's time.

The average GOP "mandate" since 1992 is -3.3%.

It is also why Warner/Kaine/McAullife (most likely Northam too) were excellent candidates for Governor of Virginia
and why Creigh Deeds was not.

The state has been transitioning away from the GOP since 2000.

Hillary won Darien and New Cannan 53-41. Similar to LBJ's win in those GOP towns in 64'.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:21 PM

17. Question

 

Wounded Bear - As a matter of strategy and tactics, let me ask a question. Is it possible to target both moderate Republicans and "Trumpians" in the same campaign? If the answer is no, which group should be targeted?

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Response to stephensolomita (Reply #17)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:59 PM

18. Well, I'm gonna go soft on you and say...it depends on the race.

Dems have somewhat ignored the state and local races for a while. We need to get into the local areas, open offices and run candidates and campaigns that reflect the local situations and demographics. That may annoy some "purists" but if we want Dem majorities, we can't base every race across the nation on hard liberal policies.

Nationally, we have to support Dems, even "blue dog" dems that may not toe some line 100%. Locally, we need to support Dems that reflect local issues.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #18)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 05:55 PM

20. Couldn't Agree More

 

Of course, tactics have to be adjusted to the situation. And I have no problem with blue dog Dems. But I asked if it was possible to attract moderate Republicans and Trump supporters in the same race? All indications, by the way, are that southern whites and northern, white workers are Trump's most loyal supporters. In a state-wide race, candidates may well have to choose.

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Response to stephensolomita (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 05:56 PM

21. JMO, but I'd say Trumplodytes are a lost cause...

Moderate Repubs, to the extent they exist any more, might be in play with the right issues and solutions.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 20, 2017, 03:18 PM

22. Shared Opinion

 



Yes, for the present, the Trumplodytes are a lost cause. I don't think Dems can fabricate an appeal, Bernie not withstanding, that will lure them back. Perhaps some Republican atrocity (like taking health insurance away from 20 million Americans) will drive them off, but until then.... I also think that country-club Republicans, well-educated and well-off, don't like being associated with a racist, misogynist, xenophobe. The 6th in Georgia made it to number 6 on a list of the fifteen best-educated congressional districts in the United States published today by the New York Times. The results will tell the tale when it comes to moderate Republicans.

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Response to stephensolomita (Reply #22)

Tue Jun 20, 2017, 08:30 PM

23. Well....

Still aint likely. Republican voters still vote for team regardless. In a district where R's outnumber D's?....well it'll be nice that it's closer than it has been in a long time, but I'm doubting Osoff will win anyway. It just makes my opinion of republicans overall just drop even more. These voters will never learn.

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Response to stephensolomita (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 05:30 PM

12. I like reading Sabato.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:16 PM

6. Maybe, just maybe, human beings are coming to the realization

that republicans:

Don't want you / me to live and have a livable wage, that health care is right, and that this planet is all that we have-------------just maybe ......................

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:52 PM

10. I am crossing my fingers. I will be so damn happy if Ossoff pulls this away from the R's

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 05:29 PM

11. Bad for us I'm afraid. This is GA.

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Response to BootinUp (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 07:10 PM

13. The negative, wave the white flag, depressive mindset kills the party. Please snap out of it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 07:13 PM

14. "Voting closed on Friday evening." No voting this weekend? Doesn't sound very (D)democratic to me.

Scum.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 07:34 PM

15. FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS!!!

Shite, I remember being incredibly offended and upset when the price of a House seat hit a million. What a crazy country.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:44 PM

19. Atlanta local television station WSB has Ossoff up by just under two points as of 2:00pm cst.

Atlanta local television station WSB has Ossoff up by just under two points as of 2:00pm cst.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 20, 2017, 10:15 PM

24. And tomorrow's headline will tell us Osoff lost because Dems stayed home.

Sound familiar?

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