Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, 30, failed to win the Georgia Sixth District congressional election outright Tuesday night, and will head to a June runoff with Republican runner-up Karen Handel.
With 84 percent of the precincts reporting, Ossoff stood with 48.6 percent of the vote. The seventeen other candidates, including eleven Republicans, combined to keep Ossoff from winning 50 percent and taking the seat. Ossoff is the favorite of the national media, Hollywood celebrities, and progressive activists determined to #flipthesixth by taking the seat out of Republican hands. President Trump badgered Ossoff throughout the day Tuesday.
Election-night polling irregularities are flowing in, specifically from Fulton County — where Ossoff’s Roswell office is based
A “data error” in Fulton County necessitated a hand count of approximately 55,000 votes, which complicated matters at just the point when Ossoff began slipping.
Ossoff’s race has seen stolen voting machines that were missing for days and had to be “de-activated” by the Georgia Secretary of State.
Reports out of the Georgia Sixth District show “computer issues” and late poll workers influencing polling places to stay open later.
The polling places where hours were extended, in part due to late-arriving poll workers, were located in Fulton County, where Ossoff held 48.7 percent of the vote as of press time (down from 55.3 percent of the vote when the data error was first reported).
Though Ossoff’s campaign is based in Roswell, in Fulton County, the millennial candidate actually lives outside of the district, near Emory University with his medical student girlfriend.
— She Persisted72 (@ShePersisted72) April 18, 2017
Democrats hobnobbing at Ossoff’s viewing party realized that they will not see their man win the seat outright on Tuesday night. Ossoff taunted Handel in his Tuesday night speech, telling her, “Bring it on.”
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 19, 2017
Mitch McConnell Preparing Exit Strategies, Potential Successors in Advance of Possible Retirement
Will Mitch retire?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly created a shortlist of potential successors, with the establishment Republican considering a possible retirement before his term ends. McConnell was reelected to another Senate term in 2020, and the Intercept broke the news of his retirement considerations on Thursday.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reportedly McConnell’s first pick for his successor. Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams are also possible replacements. McConnell, 79, has served as a Kentucky Senator since 1985.
Kentucky law currently would allow Governor Andy Beshear- a Democrat- to appoint McConnell’s successor if he retired. However, McConnell is pushing for the Republican state legislature to pass reforms allowing them to select replacements for Senators who have resigned. McConnell’s quiet boosting of legislative reforms to appoint interim Senators led to the reports of his potential retirement, although it’s unclear when he plans to leave the picture.
McConnell largely alienated the Republican Party with a forceful denunciation of former President Donald Trump during the second sham impeachment trial targeting the President, although he declined to vote to convict the President on the basis of legality. A Republican candidate in the mold of McConnell’s 20th century style would have a difficult time winning a Kentucky GOP primary, and McConnell’s appointed pick may start off in such an election with a considerable handicap. In addition, the legacy Senator remains popular in Kentucky, although at least one county party censured him for his betrayal of Trump in January.
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