Costliest Congressional Race In History Being Decided Today

Wednesday, 21 Jun, 2017

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - The most expensive House race in USA history is in the hands of voters Tuesday in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. The Times also noted that Pelosi was a regular feature in ads and on campaign fliers for the special election.

The House seat was left open by Trump's appointment of former congressman Tom Price as secretary of health and human services.

In the April 18 general election, state officials reported polling machines used to check in voters at one precinct in Johns Creek weren't working properly, but the problem was resolved. In 62 other Republican-held districts, Trump received less than 55 percent of the vote.

Ossoff gained national attention and raised millions of dollars by promising to make Trump "furious". But should Ossoff basically steal a red seat in the House, the president is sending a signal that the 2018 midterm elections could erect a giant roadblock and put many of those things in jeopardy. State officials say they are confident the technology is secure. The closest House race in history topped out at $30 million; Georgia's special election already cost more than $40 million.

Each candidate has spent more than $50 million on the race, making it the most-expensive in United States history.

Democrats, meanwhile, see in Georgia an early test of their strategy of trying to win typically Republican seats in suburban areas - districts that are relatively highly educated, wealthy and diverse. "VOTE TODAY", Trump then tweeted.

The Congressional Leadership Fund paid for a auto to drive around in the district with Ossoff's and Pelosi's faces and a sign that said "San Francisco 3 Jon Ossoff".

That's less than the margin of error and FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver cautions that "Georgia 6 is a tough district to diagnose".

But Trump barely beat Hillary Clinton in the district, which is heavy with the college-educated voters, Trump's weakest Republican constituency.

Polls close at 7pm ET but more than thousands of ballots were mailed in early.

Supporters of Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel campaign outside of the East Cobb Government Center on Tuesday in Marietta, Ga., on voting day for the Georgia special election.

Rain is falling throughout District 6, which could have implications on voter turnout. Ossoff, you see, has gotten a He reached one million contributions before Barack Obama or Bernie Sanders did - and those were national races, not a local one writ large.

The outcome will not be pivotal to the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but an Ossoff victory could help Democrats raise money and recruit candidates as they try to win back the House of Representatives in 2018.

If Democrats end up winning Georgia's big special election on Tuesday, June 20, they just might have dinosaurs to thank. Yet his centrist campaign did appear to be able to unite the often-warring factions of the party - the more progressive wing with the more centrist aspects - and if he's able to pull off the upset, that could be a model for other Democrats across the country.

Ossoff does not live in the district he's aiming to represent.