Yesterday I posted an analysis by Michael Barone about the future implications of the Georgia 6th District Special Election. Barone points out:
- Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round on April 18
- The Ossoff campaign spent $30 million (the most expensive House race ever)
- The race had a huge turnout (260,000 which was more than the 210,000 who voted in the 2014 midterm)
- Ossoff won exactly 48.1 percent again
Ergo, Ossoff did not move the needle after a $30 million Democrat Party investment. That, in and of itself, must be very disheartening to the Democrat Party. But the next statistic, pointed out by Christine Rouselle, must be devastating!
You will recall that it was only last November that the Georgia 6th District seat stood for election. I am not going to try to argue that an election wherein a president is being chosen is “the same” as a special election. However, the Democrat Party had a candidate. His name was Rodney Stooksbury.
Stooksbury knew he had no chance to win against Tom Price (who was the former Georgia 6th representative subsequently chosen and confirmed as President Trump’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services). Being an intelligent Democrat he spent zero dollars in his effort to unseat Price.
Here is the kicker. Stooksbury spent ZERO dollars. Ossoff spent $30 million. Stooksbury received 124,917 votes. Ossoff received 124,893. votes. Yes. You read that that correctly. Ossoff got 24 FEWER votes for his $30 million!