Ossoff aims for knockout blow in Georgia special election

Democrat Jon Ossoff. AP Photo.

His Republican rivals call him “Darth Vader,” a “lightweight liberal” and a “puppet of the left.” Fellow Democrats vow to block his “coronation” and paint him as an outsider. More than $1 million has already been spent to bog down his candidacy.

Democrat Jon Ossoff has transformed the race for suburban Atlanta’s 6th Congressional District, and his soaring donations and groundswell of support from energized Democrats have fast painted a shiny target on his back as he scrambles to flip Tom Price’s ruby-red turf.

Just about every candidate in the crowded April 18 special election to represent the district, which spans from east Cobb County to north DeKalb County, has assailed the 30-year-old former congressional aide. And Republicans determined to keep a GOP stronghold are readying more attacks.


But even Ossoff’s Republican adversaries marvel about his campaign’s field operations and the more than $3 million he’s raised in 10 weeks — and worry about their own fractured field of 11 GOP candidates battling each other for their own slice of the electorate.

All 18 candidates in the race are on the same ballot, and if none get a majority of the vote, the top two vote-getters will square off in a June 20 runoff. Some worry Ossoff could win the race, upending the national debate about President Donald Trump’s popularity in one of the first votes since his election.

“If we have 65 percent of the GOP vote and spread it out over 11 candidates — do the math,” Michael Fitzgerald, the district’s GOP chairman, said in sobering remarks to Republicans at a recent forum. “The question is: Are we going to resist these outsiders taking over our district?”

Bruce LeVell, running on a pro-Trump platform, took it a giant step further, saying Ossoff embodied the very essence of evil: “His party is from the Dark Side — Darth Vader.”

Ossoff has largely stuck to his talking points, hoping to deprive Republicans of red-meat attacks. He’s pivoted toward the House GOP’s beleaguered health care plan, criticizing funding cuts to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that could hit a disease-fighting initiative.

And he and his supporters talk increasingly of landing a knockout punch: the long odds of winning the race outright in April. After all, a runoff against a unifying Republican with the full weight of the party behind him or her would neutralize many of Ossoff’s advantages.

“The only way to approach any election is to try to win it outright,” Ossoff said. “That’s what my team and I are trying to do every day.”

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Robert J. Simon
Robert J. Simon

Liberalism is a mental disorder that robs the person of their sanity and morals !

CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

He's not worth voting for,I would tell the people of Georgia not to vote for this idiotic liberal

Marilyn Hupp
Marilyn Hupp

Thats all we need another democrat. No thanks

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Early voting this coming Monday. I'll be one of the first in line for Ossoff!

Gail Reece Hawkins
Gail Reece Hawkins

Don't underestimate the conservative republican voters. Remember how Governor Roy Barnes was voted out after only one term. He had millions more in his campaign budget but Perdue beat him anyway. We've had eight years of democrat rule under the Obama administration and we're sick of it.

Earl Merck
Earl Merck

As soft fits right in with fake ajc

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cqo96590

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Cathy Mclaurin
Cathy Mclaurin

Marilyn Durbin Since when has that been an issue with the GOP? The same thing happened with Perdue, no one had an issue then...Why now? Could it be because he's not from your party?

Marilyn Durbin
Marilyn Durbin

Oh please. The $ raised has been made a big issue. You can just rubber stamp nancy pelosi all over him. The recipe for disaster,young liberal progressive and paid for. Worked the past 8 yrs with obama, right?

Marie Coalson
Marie Coalson

I love him. He is young and he seems unafraid of retaliation. That's what Ga.needs. We are loaded down with old republicans fat from stuffing their pockets.

Nolan Sims
Nolan Sims

how much money has been spent to bog down Trump?

Dave Henry
Dave Henry

Georgia needs a religious freedom law like Kentucky just passed.

Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

No place for him in Ga. politics, Ga is a red state!

Jeff Hodges
Jeff Hodges

The AJC keeps promoting Ossoff. That should be reason enough to vote against him.

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Hahahahahaha dam this fake news just don't stop

Becky Waldrep Jones
Becky Waldrep Jones

Hand picked by Nancy Pelosi, interned with Hank Johnson, mentored by John Lewis...each person can decide if they want him in office. Ad money is coming from Democratic Party.

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Becky, should his ad money be coming from the GOP? Argentina? Laos? Maybe Alderaan?

Becky Waldrep Jones
Becky Waldrep Jones

Daniel Eason, ad money is coming from National Democratic Party. This is a state race so it's unusual to see $ come from National this early.

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

It isn't unusual for either national party to support a congressional candidate. The Democratic Party has the DCCC for that very purpose. Here's how you can get involved and donate now: http://dccc.org

Becky Waldrep Jones
Becky Waldrep Jones

Thank you, Daniel. You've been very kind. I'm actually a Republican who tries to remain calm through all the shouting :)

Cathy Mclaurin
Cathy Mclaurin

Hell that's better than hand picked by #45...because then we can be sure they were part of Russian espionage.

Kendall Gray
Kendall Gray

I am a Georgia native who would love to replace the GOP political hack with a true blue Democrat. My friends and I will be voting our Ossoff! Trumpcare is nowhere.

Mary Moseley Greene
Mary Moseley Greene

I just can't believe hat there are 18 hopeful idiots in this race!!!

Tom Haney
Tom Haney

Robin Middlebrooks, you are deluded! "The View" is not a news program!

Liz Bracey
Liz Bracey

His approval rating is at 37%, a literal historic low. No one respects him.

Marilyn Durbin
Marilyn Durbin

When you raise that kind of $ you owe lots of people. Another liberal loser

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

He'll have to tell a lot of lies and pretend he's not a liberal to win this seat.

Bryant Williams
Bryant Williams

Nope still think people are bitter over the elections especially after hearing comey in the hearings

Elizabeth Chapman
Elizabeth Chapman

WOW... I'm really Impressed... the Only Thing You Missed was the Uranium Clinton sold to Russia? Care to Cover?

Billy Wyatt
Billy Wyatt

Where does Bill Clinton's $500K speeches in Moscow or the $145 Billion from the Uranium One deal? Don't forget the John Podesta connections financially and business ties. See without these you're just another Rachel Maddow sheep. \U0001f592

Bryant Williams
Bryant Williams

Yeah he is and once this is over I hope they fire comey

Robin Middlebrooks
Robin Middlebrooks

Billy Wyatt that was not ever a deal at all! The republicans would want you to go on believing that though! Go to Snopes.com and search Clinton Uranium deal!! Youlll see it was just a ploy!

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Excellent, Robin. There is one edit needed where in (1) you referred to Blackstone as one is his largest debtors, instead of a creditors. Otherwise, it's right on the money.