There was a lot at stake for the Democratic party during the Georgia Special election where Jon Ossoff faced off against COP candidate Karen Handel and, as it turns out, the voter turnout wasn’t so good for the Democrats. This is especially true when you take into account the amount of money that was poured into Ossoff’s failed campaign.
In short, 57% turnout among those registered to vote was the average for the precinct but only 34% of voters turned up for Ossoff. This reduced the impact of his possible 82% victory for the precinct.
This and a few other special elections occurred months after President Trump’s victory and had been sworn into office. They were viewed by the DNC as a possible means of showing that President Trump and his victory over Hillary Clinton meant little, that people were on their side somehow.
But… that just wasn’t the case. the GOP has won most, if not all, special elections despite the DNC bankrolling A LOT of them. In this case, Ossoff spent (ballpark) twice as much as his opponent, and victor of the 6th district, Handel.
As written for The Daily Caller by :
Much of the result can be accounted for by the Democrats’ inability to encourage turnout in traditional strongholds despite record breaking campaign contributions pouring in from out of state.
The Pleasantdale Road Precinct, which is the only majority black precinct in the part of the district, is one such stronghold. The precinct averages 57 percent turnout among registered voters but only 34 percent of voters turned out in the Ossoff race, reducing the impact of Ossoff’s overwhelming 82 percent victory in the precinct.
Democrats also failed to turn out voters in heavily democratic precincts 15A and 15B, which encompass apartment-heavy neighborhoods in Sandy Springs. Ossoff won 84 percent in 15A and 66 percent in 15B, but turnout was just 30 percent in 15A and 44 percent in 15B.