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California Money Couldn't Buy Georgia’s Special Election

June 26, 2017

Senior Fellow Devon Herrick writes at NCPA's Health blog:

The special election for Georgia's Sixth District to fill the seat vacated by Secretary Price was heated. Jon Ossoff was the Democrat who ran for the seat with considerable outside support. He lost, nonetheless. A precinct captain supposedly complained that many of Jon Ossoff's potential voters were hard to reach because they live with their parents. Democrats purportedly spent $200 per democratic vote, but I guess it wasn't enough.

About the time Jimmy Carter was president or maybe it was after he left office, he was interviewed about Georgia politics. If I understood him correctly (I was young at the time), he explained that it was during his lifetime that the state had to pass a law limiting the number of years a wife could vote her deceased husband's preferences. (Presumably the limit has been reduced to zero since then.) I guess this means there was a time when it was legal for dead people to vote in Georgia. I wonder if some of them voted in Tuesday's special election?

The special election was the most expensive House race in history.  This is an illustrate how divisive the politics in the time of President Trump is; and the GOP health initiative in particular. The election was not so much about the preferences of Georgians from the Sixth Congressional District as it was about outside interests intent on swaying the election and denying Trump the votes he needs to pass his agenda.

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