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Georgia Election Becomes Trump Test

Written by Joe Scudder

The Georgia election for a Representative is attracting big money from out-of-state Leftists desperate for a comeback story.

Naturally, the mainstream media is portraying the Georgia election as a referendum on the Trump Administration rather than on how voters feel about Congress. In this crazy environment, maybe leftists will pull an upset. Who knows? But other than the money spent and speculation, I notice that the story doesn’t include any polling data that a Democrat victory is likely.

See the New York Times story: “High-Stakes Referendum on Trump Takes Shape in a Georgia Special Election.

Taking the stage in a half-filled airplane hangar to rally supporters of Republican candidate Karen Handel, Health Secretary Tom Price could not help but point to the record-shattering surge of liberal money that has flooded into the special House race here.

“The out-of-state money is crazy,” said Mr. Price, whose vacated congressional seat is up for grabs on Tuesday.

Following Mr. Price, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the former Georgia governor, was even more direct. “I know some of you out there, some Republicans may even be turned off by our president,” said Mr. Perdue, before making the case for his boss.

The two Trump cabinet secretaries, both Georgia Republicans, had unwittingly revealed the twin hurdles standing in Ms. Handel’s path heading into Tuesday’s election: Democratic enthusiasm is soaring across the country while the sort of pastel-and-Polo-clad Republicans who reside in this district are uneasy about what they see in Washington and have decidedly mixed views of President Trump.

The hard-fought battle for Mr. Price’s seat in Atlanta’s northern reaches has not only become a financial arms race — by far the most expensive House contest in history — it has evolved into one of the most consequential special elections in decades.

Republicans, weighed down by Mr. Trump’s growing unpopularity, must demonstrate they can separate themselves from the president enough to hold suburban districts that only now are becoming battlegrounds.

This story makes the same case, but again, the evidence is light. They rely on anecdotes rather that evidence:

Read the whole New York Times story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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