Lost in the hoopla and hype surrounding the 6th District special election is a rather eye-opening statistic. Rodney Stooksbury was the 2016 Democratic nominee challenging Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell). Mr. Stooksbury’s campaign consisted of him putting his name on the ballot. He raised $0. His vote total was 124,917, good for 38% against the veteran incumbent. On Tuesday, Jon Ossoff spent somewhere between $33 and 35 million on his special election campaign. His vote total: 124,893, or 24 ballots less than Stooksbury’s previous mark. This tells us that Ossoff only equaled the Democratic base vote in the 6th District and he failed to expand the party turnout universe. While participation was extremely high for a special election: 259,622 voters, it was far short of the presidential year turnout of 326,005. It is now obvious that for Ossoff to win, he needed to boost turnout even higher and be more effective in attracting Independents and soft Republicans.
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