It was a sad day for Democrats when Montana’s recent special election ended in a victory for a Republican who prefers body slamming over using his words. There might still be hope for people who want to see another Democrat in Congress, though, with Georgia’s upcoming special election which takes place on June 20.
According to WSB-TV, a local Georgia news outlet, the latest poll from Landmark Communications shows Democrat Jon Ossoff leading Republican Karen Handel by a little more than one point.
Ossoff currently holds 49.1 percent of the vote, while Handel has 47.6 percent. It’s obviously a small lead, as WSB-TV pointed out in their report, and with the poll’s 4.4 percent margin of error and 3.3 percent of voters still undecided, the election could go either way at this point. However, the fact that a Democrat is polling so well in a deep red state like Georgia is still noteworthy.
Mark Rountree, the president of Landmark Communications, told WSB-TV that, based on the poll’s results, he thinks either candidate could win.
‘We’re looking at a dead heat. Probably right now we’re within a 2 to 3 point margin either way. Really, either candidate could win that.’
As the tweet below illustrates, Ossoff is doing particularly well among voters between the ages of 18 and 39 (59 percent to 37.3 percent) and among female voters (53.3 percent to 43.3 percent.)
He is also polling extremely well among African American voters (87.5 percent to 12.5 percent) and those who identified their race as “Other” (75.7 percent to 24.3 percent).
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 1, 2017
Political analyst Bill Crane said that he thinks the scales tipping in Ossoff’s favor has to do in part with the “dissatisfaction” some people are feeling towards President Trump.
‘Probably there’s been some additional dissatisfaction from people who did vote for the president in November who may have seen enough.’
Representatives from both campaigns have commented on the results of this latest poll and have made it clear that they do not intend to stop trying to win voters over to their side.
Ossoff’s campaign commented:
‘This race is neck and neck and our campaign is going to continue to work as hard as we ever have to ensure we don’t send another career politician to Washington.’
Meanwhile, Handel’s campaign issued the following statement:
‘With the race tied, it’s important that every Republican take their duty to get out and vote seriously. Otherwise, California money could end up buying another Georgia Congressional seat for the Democrats.’
Early voting started this week on Tuesday and will run through June 16. As stated above, the official Election Day is June 20.
Featured image via Joe Raedle/Getty Images.