Never Mind Who Wins. The Biggest Question in Georgia’s House Race Is Who Turns Out to Vote

Apart from who wins, there’s one question that’s making both Democrats and Republicans pay close attention to a House election in Georgia Tuesday: who turns out?

With both parties preparing already for the 2018 mid-term elections, the question of which side is better motivated to show up in an off-year special election just months after the November presidential race is a serious one.

Though Republicans have won recent special elections in Republican strongholds in Montana and Kansas, the races were much closer than they have been in past years. Georgia’s election could be another test of Democratic intensity.

“Unfortunately, human beings learn from disaster,” Larry Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said. “For Democrats, there has been no greater disaster than the election of Donald Trump.”

Voters in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel in what has become the most expensive House race ever. Voters in South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District will also cast ballots in a much lower-profile race.

Since Trump became president, there have been two special Congressional elections for seats held by Republicans. Republican candidate Ron Estes defeated Democrat candidate …read more

Source:: Time – Politics

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