Trump suggests the media are favoring Democratic candidates in special elections

Justin Greene
April 18, 2017

Republicans in Georgia's 6th Congressional District are miffed at Ossoff's attempt to engineer an upset with millions of anti-Trump dollars from all around the country.

"While I'm glad the president is interested in the race, he is misinformed", Ossoff said in a statement.

Updated 12:26 p.m. | President Donald Trump kicked off his twelfth week in office by labeling the Democrat in a special Georgia House race as "super liberal" and slamming the media for "slanted" coverage.

The contest is being held for the seat once occupied by Tom Price, now Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services. It is one of four special elections in which a red seat is up for grabs, vacated by a Trump nominee. In 2012, by contrast, Republican nominee Mitt Romney garnered more than 60 percent of the vote.

Nowhere was that more clear than in DE, where volunteers poured in from as far away as NY to campaign to help Democratic candidate Stephanie Hansen defeat Republican John Marino for a state senate seat.

Cillizza: Finish this sentence: "If Ossoff wins more than 50% Tuesday, it tell us _ about the national political environment".

The GOP hopes to force a June runoff with the GOP's top candidate by keeping Ossoff below 50 percent of the vote.

But the mere possibility has political observers across the country watching closely. In a recent cover story, NY magazine called Ossoff a "Trump-hate weather vane".

The election has drawn some comparisons to last week's special election in Kansas, where Republicans were forced to make a heavy last-minute push after polls showed Republican candidate Ron Estes just single digits ahead of his Democratic competitor.

Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, was the early favorite to emerge.

For her part, Handel said in a recent interview that she will work with Trump "on issues where we agree, but my job is to be a voice for people of the 6th district".

The back-and-forth between Trump and Ossoff reflects the overall narrative of the whirlwind campaign since Price's Cabinet confirmation. Gray pledges to be a "willing partner" for the new administration. Judson Hill, and former state Sen.

Acknowledging the potential blowback, Trump made no commitments about the fate of CSR subsidies, conceding that his proposition may backfire if ObamaCare founders and voters blame the Republicans.

Republican messaging against the 30-year-old Ossoff hasn't predominately centered on the issues Trump listed, however. Ossoff's overall polling lead is formidable, but it also reflects a crowded conservative field that features pro-Trump Republicans, establishment Republicans, at least one vocally anti-Trump Republican, and a John Wayne-quoting Muslim Republican named Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan. Before him, the area was represented by no less than Newt Gingrich, who worked his way up to speaker of the house over his 20 years as a congressman.

Still, that message hasn't come with the same financial muscle as Ossoff's non-stop television campaign.

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