Posted by Tina
Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, has won her bid for Georgia’s 6th district and the vacated seat of Tom Price who now serves as Trumps health and human services secretary. The win is yet another that dashes the hopes Democrats have had to win in Republican held districts. Handel thanked President Trump for his support of her campaign in her victory speech.
Both candidates in this race received contributions from outside the region ($36million). That figure made their race the most expensive in House history. Although Ossoff, a 30-year old former congressional aide, raised more outside money ($22 million) he lost the race by 5 percentage points. The fact that he didn’t live in the district and had a lot of outside support from Hollywood elites may have turned Georgia voters off. Or maybe the people in fly over country are simply not turned off by Trump as many Democrats assume. In another race, South Carolina’s 5th district, Republican Ralph Norman won a special election seat vacated by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
It’s tough for the media to accept these defeats. They do all they can to frame them in a positive light for the losing party. Example from the WSJ:
…the fact that Republicans had to work so hard to hold on to a historically conservative district sends a warning to GOP incumbents and candidates that they will have a tougher fight than usual next year, especially in suburbs like Georgia’s Sixth District, where many residents are affluent and hold college degrees.
Snark, snark! I’ll tell you what…insults aimed at the American people is not the way to win elections. One of the reasons Republicans have support from those without a college education is the fact that many blue collar and union voters left the Democrats to vote Republican and for Trump…Make America Great Again…stupid! That means individual Americans…all of them!
Four seats won.
(Lordy it’s HOT!)