Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Denied a chanting point once again

President Donald Trump is barely 3 months into his administration, yet leftists have been desperately trying since day one to use special elections results as a signal their "resistance" is effective. However, said efforts have, to this point, fallen short despite substantial resources being poured in.

The left failed in their attempt to flip MN House District 32B in February.

Progs' hopes were also dashed last week in the Kansas Congressional District Four special election.

But perhaps the left's most embarrassing setback (for now anyways) occurred in the most recent U.S. House contest.

Democrats put their hope in political upstart Jon Ossoff to deliver a rebuke to President Trump in Tuesday night’s Georgia congressional election. It didn’t quite work.

Now, after forcing the front-runner into a June 20 runoff, Republicans are vowing to unite and defeat the Democrats’ chosen candidate in two months.

Trump, who used a robocall and his Twitter account in the contest’s closing days to push Republicans to the polls, taunted Democrats on Wednesday morning, casting the upcoming final contest as “Hollywood vs. Georgia.”

Ossoff was the clear leader once the dust settled in Tuesday’s crowded special election for the Georgia House seat once held by Republican Tom Price, now Trump’s health secretary.

He garnered 48 percent. Top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel, former Georgia secretary of state, got just 20 percent.

But Ossoff’s haul fell short of the majority threshold required to outright win, despite him getting support from prominent Democrats and celebrities and attracting millions of dollars in outside donations. He raised over $8 million, compared with Handel's roughly $460,000. Under the so-called “jungle primary” system, the top two candidates – Ossoff and Handel – will head into the June runoff.

This past November, Trump prevailed in GA-06 with 48.3% of the vote with Hillary Clinton receiving 46.8%. So basically the left spent millions (with the vast majority of the money coming form outside the district) in support of a Democrat whose share of the vote increased by a mere 1% over the Dem presidential candidate.

I suppose it's possible that Ossoff could prevail in June. However, with the GOP now able to coalesce behind one candidate in a heavily Republican district, it seems likely that the left will once again be unable to declare a repudiation of Trump.


1 comment:

Bike Bubba said...

I think this continues the utter failure of the polls to measure Trump supporters accurately--to quote Nixon, I think there's a nice "silent plurality" in this country that wants Trump to succeed, but doesn't want to tell pollsters and be counted. One might wonder if they're afraid that Obama holdovers in the government might come after them if they stand up and be counted.