Georgia US Senate race: Ossoff again campaigning in overtime
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Georgia Jon Ossoff speaks after voting early in Atlanta on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. For the second time in three years, Jon Ossoff is campaigning in overtime. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA – Though still chasing his first victory, Jon Ossoff is no stranger to the pressure of campaigning in overtime — this time for one of two crucial U.S. Senate seats that will determine control of the chamber. Ossoff ran a formidable campaign even while being mocked by Republicans as a lightweight unqualified to occupy the seat once held by Republican Newt Gingrich. Biden received nearly 100,000 more votes in Georgia than Ossoff.
Vote will show Georgia as swing state or extend GOP control
ATLANTA – The most competitive election cycle in decades could confirm Georgia as a swing state or leave Republicans still in control. Williams, a state senator and chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, wants to use federal power to provide more subsidized health care and guarantee voting rights. The race in Atlanta’s northern suburbs centers around arguments about health care, abortion, support for police and gun control. Bourdeaux, a public policy professor, says government needs to do more to provide access to health care and solve people’s problems. Pandy pledges a bipartisan little-guy approach, saying his priorities include better access to health care, a higher minimum wage and an end to tariffs.
Georgia’s McBath seeks 2nd win in once-famed GOP district
ATLANTA – Karen Handel is looking for Republicans to mobilize in Georgia’s 6th District, once an incubator of high-profile Republicans. But Democrat Lucy McBath, who unseated Handel in 2018, is trying to show that Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs have changed. But McBath is hitting Handel with a range of attacks, with the most concerted sparring around health care. “My opponent's record on health care is absolutely dismal,” McBath said. “Right now we have a single-issue, completely disengaged member of Congress representing this congressional district,” Handel said.
Carter and Scott win GOP nods for new terms in Congress
ATLANTA Democratic voters in Georgia on Tuesday were choosing between seven contenders who want to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Amico, who was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018, highlighted her business experience and union support. Others included former state schools Superintendent John Barge, state Rep. Kevin Cooke and former state Rep. Bill Hembree. In middle and south Georgias 8th District, incumbent Republican Austin Scott easily beat Army veteran Daniel Ellyson and business owner Robert Vance Dean in a GOP primary. Incumbent Democrat David Scott was challenged by former state Rep. Keisha Sean Waites, lawyer Jannquell Peters and Marine Corps veteran and 2014 candidate Michael Owens.
Ossoff just short of 50% threshold for US Senate primary win
People wait in line to vote in the Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. Ossoff was far ahead of two other candidates in his bid to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue in November. In Georgia, candidates must win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. Perdue, a close Trump ally seeking a second term in November as Republicans look to hold the White House and Senate majority, drew no GOP primary opposition. Ossoffs campaign manager, Ellen Foster, blasted Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for the long lines and confusion at numerous polling sites Tuesday.