One of the problems with a new President selecting fellow Party politicians to fill his many Cabinet and other positions is the special elections to fill their empty seats. In many cases, a Republican is elected to fill a vacated Republican seat and a Democrat is elected to fill the vacated seat of a Democrat. However, this year, Democrats are spending many millions of dollars to win seats vacated by Republicans. One of those hotly contested seats is in Georgia’s 6th District.
The Georgia special election is headed for a runoff, after Democrat Jon Ossoff came up shy of the 50 percent he needed to win the race outright on Tuesday.
The result wasn’t surprising, given the conservative lean of the suburban Atlanta 6th district. But it does mean the race now continues, with what is sure to be a hotly contested and very expensive two-month duel between Ossoff and former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel.
It also means we’re left to try to glean what, precisely, Tuesday’s incomplete results mean — both for the runoff and for the 2018 election. And there’s plenty of room for debate. Through a combination of Georgia’s unusual electoral system, a unique congressional district and the strangeness of special elections, legitimate arguments abound.
Chances are, Democrats will continue to outspend Republicans in the final special election to be held in June between the top Democrat and Republican candidates. The election may well depend on how much out-of-state money will pour into the state to buy the election for the Democrat.