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originally posted by: UKTruth
originally posted by: veracity
a reply to: Outlier13
as i mentioned to UTK earlier, there are many things to take into consideration with this defeat...
Ossoff ALMOST won in an ALL RED state where democrats usually do not even run for office bc its hopeless. This gives the democratic bench MUCH MUCH hope.
and it restores virtue to me bc almost half of the voters voted for Ossoff where I expected much much less.
Yes, he was defeated, but the very slim margin speaks VOLUMES.
this is not rocket science. I know the red half is gloating in glee of WINNING...as you are entitled to, but yes, you guys should also be scared...very scared. Its ok if you are not tho, ignorance IS bliss for some.
Is 'almost winning' what was effectively a two horse race also losing?
Democrats most certainly do 'run' in GA06 and this time is was the Democrats themselves that made a huge issue of this election and pumped in tens of millions of dollars to make it happen. They targeted the district because Trump only beat Clinton by 1.5% in November. They were all in and confident. ... then they lost by a bigger percentage than Clinton lost.
A huge waste of time, money and political capital. It was not just a loss, it was a major loss to the credibility of the Democratic party. Their referendum on Trump backfired - making it not just a Congressional seat they didn't flip, but a political win for Trump.
Now on to some more specifics. Ossoff got the same number of votes as the last candidate who ran in November. All that money only managed to get out the general election vote numbers. These special elections draw a lower vote total usually, but even though republicans acted as they normally do in terms of turnout, being less interested in election outside of the general and mid terms, they STILL won.
Most of all though, it was a loss for Democrats because, well, they lost.
Democrats had 4 special elections to go after to try and flip a seat ... they talked themselves up in all of them... they LOST all of them.
One of the very best parts of enjoying a win is watching the losers come to terms with their loss. It's a marvel to listen to the kind of mental gymnastics that chalks one up in the win column after losing by over 3%.