A Sixth District epitaph: Democrats had a turnout problem – GOP didn’t

The precinct-by-precinct results in the recent Sixth District contest are out, and a Republican number-crunching friend has turned up some interesting tidbits that boil down to this:

Democrat Jon Ossoff had a turnout problem on and before June 20. Republican Karen Handel didn’t. Some examples:

— The Pleasantdale Road precinct at the Gwinnett border is the only majority-black precinct in the DeKalb County part of the District. Ossoff won 82 percent in the precinct, but turnout (among active registered voters) was just 34 percent — well below the 57 percent average for DeKalb.

— Precincts 15A and 15B are apartment-heavy enclaves along Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Ossoff got 84 percent in 15A and 66 percent in 15B. But turnout was just 30 percent in 15A and 44 percent in 15B. Turnout overall in the Fulton County portion of the Sixth was 57 percent.

— The Austin precinct in the northwest corner of DeKalb County, bordering Fulton, gave Handel 59 percent of its vote. It also had a presidential year turnout of 74 percent.

— The Mount Vernon East precinct is in Dunwoody. Handel won 60 percent of votes cast, with turnout at 71 percent.

— Also worth noting: Turnout was heaviest (61 percent) in the Cobb portion of the Sixth, which is the most Republican part of the three-county congressional district.

Read more:

How each Atlanta neighborhood voted in the District 6 runoff

By the numbers: A look at who voted

 

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Jerry Jackson
Jerry Jackson

Dysfunctional Democrats in Jawja are just too lazy to get up and go vote !!! ..... that's why Comrade Senator David Perdue is our Senator ..........

Len Moore
Len Moore

It will change because Republicans have a losing message

Jen McIntosh
Jen McIntosh

There were precinct problems here in east cobb.. and a lot of people who signed up for mail-in early voting ballots but never received them. I never got my mail-in ballot and the day of the election I had to go in and vote the 'old fashioned way' with a paper ballot. The poll workers seemed slightly confused process. It was kind of a mess over all. There were A LOT of people filling out paper ballots there.

Domynoe Loeb
Domynoe Loeb

There were also shenanigans in terms of WHERE to vote for a lot of people, people being purged from the rolls, and so on.

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

And you will link those events effects on the results of the election? It was just a "NOTHINGBURGER"........LOL

Domynoe Loeb
Domynoe Loeb

Of course they had an effect on the election: if you're given the wrong place to vote and have a limited amount of time to be able to vote, you generally don't vote. And purges, unprocessed voter apps will always suppress voting. I didn't say these things tipped the result, just that they were part of it. As for the rest of your comment...WTF?

Michael R Williams
Michael R Williams

Domynoe Loeb All Democrats and minorities (Often the same people) need to keep track of their registrations to make sure they haven't been purged. They also need to encourage Voter Registration early in case the GOP has put up roadblocks

Brenda Bender
Brenda Bender

And that is a shame because he lost by a small margin.

Brenda Bender
Brenda Bender

Larry Clark 5 percent yes not even close to 20 percent

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

Ever notice Folks who say "This isn't a Democracy " always show up to vote?.

L Sean Nada
L Sean Nada

That's how a election works. This is news worthy? Wow

William E Howell
William E Howell

I'm reading a lot of excuses here as to why the Democrats didn't show up to vote, but the simple fact is we all know that Democrats don't vote in the rain.

Chloecake
Chloecake

This just proves once again all those hate and fear filled negative ads broadcast over and over sure do work. Thanks to all the outside  independent PACs that donated $18+M to Handel's campaign.

Ashford Schwall
Ashford Schwall

Dems are done. They have devolved to a counterculture degenerate subversive fringe element concentrated on the coasts and a few big cities. It is a national party no more. Norman Thomas, once Socialist Party candidate, said this in a 1944 speech: "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform." It is a national party no more.

Ian Campbell
Ian Campbell

You spelled "the voting machines Karen Handel herself installed were hacked" wrong.

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

It wasn't a turnout problem it was Ossoff, try picking a better candidate next time.

Steve Herring
Steve Herring

Move on....maybe work on your Christmas list.

Alan Doolittle
Alan Doolittle

It always puzzles me when democrats don't show up to the polls. After all they don't have jobs they have to be at on Tuesdays.

Alan Doolittle
Alan Doolittle

Kyle Killough you need a dictionary :-) and probably a job too...

Mary Blocker
Mary Blocker

Well, they did something smart for a change.

Marsha Mcginnis
Marsha Mcginnis

Democrats always making excuses.....they lost plain and simple

Mark Curtis
Mark Curtis

Mule marbles. The sixth is solid Republican. Ossof at 47% in main election. Ossoff at 47% in runoff.

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

It was raining. Democrats don't come out in the rain.

Stephen Tzarphati Bailey
Stephen Tzarphati Bailey

Ossoff got nearly all the D vote in the 1st election...he couldn't get much more unless the D's cheated...which they tried...the R vote was diluted in the 1st election but solidified in the runoff for Handel....exactly as I predicted.

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

You communist party liberals can always come up with a excuse why you lost! You people spent 25 to 30 million dollars to try and buy the 6th district seat in Georgia, and still lost!! You excuse makers need to start now backing up all kinds of excuses so they will be ready for the mid term elections coming up in 2018!!

John Woods
John Woods

They were too busy looking for their Welfare Checks...They couldn't find the Checks because they were hidden in their Work Boots...

Joe Ryan
Joe Ryan

Turnout is a choice. If ossof' message was not a motivation to vote, oh well.

Larondo Holliday
Larondo Holliday

Because he was not a democrat. He was a progressive or socialist. Whatever the cool kids are calling it these days.

Getthetruth
Getthetruth

An Ossof precinct captain working for Jon Ossoff's campaign (Jessica Ziegler) noted that a lot of constituents (i.e. millennials that were more apt to align with Ossof are "hard to reach" because they still live at home with their parents.  An interesting observation.....


Combine this situation with the fact that most millennials view a process of having to drive to a building to fill out a form to then use a stylus to vote as excessively labor intensive.


I guarantee you - if smartphone voting is enabled, there would be a tremendous shift in the count.

Nolan Sims
Nolan Sims

That's because the liberals always want someone else to do everything for them!

Max Gregory Anderson
Max Gregory Anderson

Don't believe the Hype! Ossoff voters were more motivated so you can sell that they didn't turn out somewhere else. Say their votes were not recorded not that they weren't exercised.

Dale Meeks
Dale Meeks

He lost she won get over it AJC.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Apathy breeds authoritarianism. If you think that the government can help solve some of the problems of society, then vote for mostly democrats. If you think that government should be kept to a minimum, then vote for mostly republicans. If you are staying home and not getting informed and not voting, then you need to just suck it up and just love whatever you get, because you have surrendered the right to hate it.

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