Democrats believe they have a chance to convert this seat because President Trump performed under the average Republican performance here, though he did carry the district…by a scant 1.5 percentage points.
The new Clout Research poll does, in fact, find Democrat Jon Ossoff leading the race at just below 32% preference, and former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) following with 25%. The poll is flawed in that it gives Ossoff as the only Democratic candidate even though a total of five, including Ossoff and former state Sen. Ron Slotin, have all filed to run. There are a total of 18 candidates on the ballot, but the poll only listed five candidate choices. Even so, the combined Republican vote was almost 48% versus the 32% for the Democrat, still suggesting that the eventual GOP run-off participant, should Ossoff actually advance, will still be the odds-on favorite to capture the seat. The jungle primary is April 18th, with the special general on June 20th.