Special Election Open Thread #GA6 #SD32

EDIT: 12:03 a.m. – Ossoff at 48.61%, Handel at 19.49%. Gray, Abroms endorse Handel in June 20th runoff.

11:40 p.m. – Technical issues in Fulton County. I am sure the Russians will be mentioned. WSB-TV reporting: “Rare data error from one of the cards means Fulton Co. will have to manually go through hundreds of cards to find the culprit.”

9:49 p.m. – Ossoff is just above 50% at 50.96%. Handel is in second at 18.08% and Judson Hill in third at 9.50%. 97/210 precincts reporting.

As of 9:37 p.m., GA-6 is trending towards an Ossoff (53.94%) – Handel (17.62%) runoff. 67/210 precincts reporting. A LONG way to go, though.

After what seems like a million campaign ads, posts, and tweets, it is finally election night in #GA6 (and SD32). GA6 has seen a special election where one penny was given locally for every $10 given nationally. Rachel Wilson has a great overview of the race and its finances over at The Center for Public Integrity.

You can follow the results below or at the Secretary of State’s website. Take note that the election results webpage has been updated and looks very nice and colorful.

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ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Ossoff has WAY over performed in the early vote…almost 2/3s went to him

GregB
GregB

The guy has a shot…

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Republicans need to hope for a LARGE turnout of their voters actually voting republican. Results thus far indicate a lot of crossover vote to Ossoff

TartanHopper
TartanHopper

The 0.1% of funding was for PACs.

At least 5% of Ossoff’s donors were local. Which isn’t great, but he had more local donors than Handel.

Bertha
Bertha

Does Cobb have an active Young Democrats Group? Asking for a friend.

GregB
GregB

Yeah, based on the election day vote coming in, I don’t think he stays above 50. Yuge turnout, diluting his early vote lead.

Teri
Teri

I love the new ClarityElections returns – and I LOVE the banter over at the NYT, in a schadenfreudey way:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/18/us/politics/georgia-special-election-live.html?_r=1

(Except that one guy who grew up in the Sixth is kind of a KIA.)

GregB
GregB

Most impressed with Handel. She’s kicking the crap outta the boys.

GA6SpecialSpectator
GA6SpecialSpectator

Tangentially related to tonight’s special election: A Google search for the website of Brian Kemp, Secretary of State, pulled up this interesting website: briankempforgovernor.com