Georgia’s 6th congressional district special election, 2017

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Georgia’s 6th congressional district special election, 2017
Georgia (U.S. state)


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Georgia’s 6th congressional district

KarenHandel.jpg Ossoff-Mar-15-17.png
Nominee Karen Handel Jon Ossoff
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 134,595 124,893
Percentage 51.9% 48.1%

U.S. Representative before election
Tom Price
Republican
Elected U.S. Representative
Karen Handel
Republican


Georgia
‘s state law requires the Governor of Georgia to call for a special election to be held at least 30 days after a vacancy. Following Price’s resignation, Governor Nathan Deal called for the special election to be held on April 18,[1] with a filing window for prospective candidates from February 13 to 15, 2017.[2] All candidates ran on one ballot, with a runoff election scheduled for the first- and second-place finishers, if no candidate received 50% of the vote.[3] Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff and Republican candidate Karen Handel finished first and second in a crowded field with neither receiving a majority and faced off in the June 20 runoff election. Handel prevailed in the runoff election.Karen Handel defeated Jon Ossoff in the special election runoff on June 20, 2017, to determine the member of the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. Republican Tom Price resigned from the seat following his appointment and confirmation as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump Administration. The runoff election followed the single-ballot special election held on April 18, 2017 when no individual candidate earned the majority of votes.

The election has attracted exceptional national interest, with both major parties perceiving it as an opportunity to shape the political narrative prior to the 2018 midterm elections.[4][5] A total of $50 million was spent as of the close of early-voting period on June 17, making it the most expensive House election in history.[6]Of that, more than $40 million was spent on television and radio advertising alone, smashing past House election records.[7] A very high number of voters—140,000—cast ballots during the runoff-election early-voting period, and an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll found that 92 percent of voters said they were watching the race “closely.”[6]

On June 20, 2017, Handel won the special election runoff and defeated Ossoff 51.87% to 48.13%. Following reports of the election results, The New York Times characterized the race as “demoralizing for Democrats”

Candidates

Republican Party

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Democratic Party

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Libertarian Party

Declined

Independent

Declared

  • Alexander Hernandez[34]
  • Andre Pollard, computer systems engineer[16]

Withdrew

  • Joseph Pond, plumber[31]

Special election

Endorsements

Polling

Poll
source
Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Abroms (R)
Bob
Gray (R)
Karen
Handel (R)
Judson
Hill (R)
Bruce
LeVell (R)
Dan
Moody (R)
Jon
Ossoff (D)
Ron
Slotin (D)
Other Undecided
ZPolitics/Clout Research (R)[39] April 14–15, 2017 453 LV ± 4.6% 3% 17% 15% 10% 1% 9% 41% 1% 1% 2%
Emerson College[40] April 13–15, 2017 324 LV ± 5.4% 2% 15% 17% 6% 0% 9% 43% 2% 3% 3%
WSB/Landmark Communications[41] April 12–13, 2017 500 LV ± 4.2% 9% 17% 8% 8% 45% 5% 7%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy[42] April 13, 2017 437 LV ± 4.6% 1% 11% 21% 11% 0% 9% 42% 0% 2% 3%
Revily[43] April 10–12, 2017 485 LV ± 4.5% 16% 17% 7% 9% 45% 0% 1% 6%
RRH Elections/Decision Desk HQ[44] April 5–10, 2017 321 LV ± 5% 3% 12% 15% 10% 0% 11% 39% 4% 6%
Meeting Street Research (R-Moody)[45] April 4, 2017 400 LV ± 4.9% 12% 10% 12% 43% 14% 9%
WXIA-TV Atlanta/Survey USA[46] March 27 – April 2, 2017 503 LV ± 4.5% 2% 14% 15% 5% 1% 7% 43% 0% 7% 7%
MoveOn/Lake Research Partners (D)[47] March 26–28, 2017 350 LV ± 5.2% 7% 18% 8% 0% 7% 40% 1% 1% 19%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy[48] March 22–23, 2017 462 ± 4.5% 2% 10% 20% 10% 0.4% 8% 40% 1% 3% 6%
ZPolitics/Clout Research (R)[49] March 15–16, 2017 625 LV ± 3.7% 2% 16% 16% 9% 1% 5% 41% 3% 2% 6%
Trafalgar Group (R)[50] March 2–3, 2017 450+ LV ± 4.5% 13% 18% 8% 0% 2% 18% 3% 34%
ZPolitics/Clout Research (R)[51] February 17–18, 2017 694 LV ± 3.7% 11% 25% 9% 1% 2% 32% 3% 18%
Landmark/Rosetta Stone[52] December 1, 2016 500 LV ± 4.2% 22% 8% 14%[53] 56%

Results

Note: Official results[54]

Georgia’s 6th congressional district special election (2017)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jon Ossoff 92,673 48.12%
Republican Karen Handel 38,071 19.77%
Republican Bob Gray 20,802 10.80%
Republican Dan Moody 17,028 8.84%
Republican Judson Hill 16,870 8.76%
Republican Kurt Wilson 1,820 0.95%
Republican David Abroms 1,639 0.85%
Democratic Ragin Edwards 504 0.26%
Democratic Ron Slotin 491 0.25%
Republican Bruce LeVell 455 0.24%
Republican Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan 415 0.22%
Republican Keith Grawert 415 0.22%
Republican Amy Kremer 351 0.18%
Republican William Llop 326 0.17%
Democratic Rebecca Quigg 304 0.16%
Democratic Richard Keatley 229 0.12%
Independent Alexander Hernandez 121 0.06%
Independent Andre Pollard 55 0.03%
Total votes 192,569 100.00%
Runoff election[55]

Runoff

No candidate received 50% of the vote in the special election. The top two candidates, Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel, faced off in the June 20 runoff election.[citation needed]

Endorsements

Polling

Averages

Model Ossoff Handel Spread
HuffPost Pollster[82] 49.3% 47.0% Ossoff +2.4
RealClearPolitics[83] 48.8% 49.0% Handel +0.2
270toWin[84] 49.4% 47.6% Ossoff +1.8
Daily Kos[citation needed] 48.1% 48.2% Handel +0.1

Polls

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jon
Ossoff (D)
Karen
Handel (R)
Undecided
Actual Results June 20, 2017 259,488 ± 0% 48.1% 51.9% 0%
WSB/Landmark Communications[85] June 18, 2017 500 ± 4.4% 49% 49% 2%
Trafalgar Group[86] June 17–18, 2017 1100 ± 2.9% 49% 51% 1%
CSP Polling[87] June 15–17, 2017 571 ± 4.0% 48% 49% 3%
WSB/Landmark Communications[88] June 15, 2017 800 ± 3.5% 50% 48% 2%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy[89] June 14–15, 2017 537 ± 4.2% 50% 49% 1%
Trafalgar Group[90] June 10–13, 2017 1100 ± 2.9% 50% 47% 2%
SurveyUSA[91] June 7–11, 2017 700 ± 4.5% 47% 47% 6%
AJC/Abt Associates[92] June 5–8, 2017 1000 ± 4% 51% 44% 5%
WSB/Landmark Communications[93] June 6–7, 2017 420 ± 4.8% 50% 47% 3%
WSB/Landmark Communications[94] May 30–31, 2017 500 ± 4.4% 49% 48% 3%
SurveyUSA[95] May 16–20, 2017 549 ± 4.3% 51% 44% 6%
Gravis Marketing[96] May 8–10, 2017 870 ± 3.3% 47% 45% 8%
WSB/Landmark Communications[97] May 3–4, 2017 611 ± 4.0% 47% 49% 4%
GBA Strategies/House Majority PAC (D)[98] April 29 – May 1, 2017 400 ± 4.9% 50% 48% 2%
Anzalone Liszt Grove Research (D)[99] April 23–26, 2017 590 ± 4.0% 48% 47% 5%
Emerson College[40] April 13–15, 2017 324 ± 5.4% 47% 49% 4%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy[42] April 13, 2017 407 ± 4.6% 44% 42% 14%
Revily[43] April 10–12, 2017 485 ± 4.5% 47% 46% 7%
Lake Research Partners[100] March 26–28, 2017 350 ± 5.2% 45% 45% 10%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy[48] March 22–23, 2017 449 ± 4.5% 42% 41% 17%

Results

The race was called for Karen Handel at around 10:15 pm by the Associated Press. Ossoff conceded the race shortly thereafter.

Georgia’s 6th congressional district special election (2017)[101]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karen Handel 134,595 51.9%
Democratic Jon Ossoff 124,893 48.1%
Total votes 259,488 100%
Republican hold

County results

Vote Break Down by County
Karen Handel
Republican
Jon Ossoff
Democrat
Margin Total
County Votes  % Votes  % Votes  % Votes
Cobb 45,625 58.15% 32,833 41.85% 12,792 16.30% 78,458
DeKalb 24,070 41.56% 33,847 58.44% 9,777 16.88% 57,917
Fulton 64,900 52.72% 58,213 47.28% 6,687 5.44% 123,113

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