Georgia special election: What you need to know about Jon Ossoff

The Democrat Jon Ossoff Georgia special house has made the choice of a competitive and closely watched races, in spite of the district remaining in the hands of the Republicans for almost 40 years.

Ossoff faces Republican Karen Handel in the fight for the place vacated by Tom Price, the recently appointed Health and Human Services Secretary.

Early voting in Georgia is 6. The district began to 30. May and 16. June is the last day to send in absentee ballots. 20. June is election day.


Ossoff has a 7-point lead over Handel, a SurveyUSA poll found last week.

But given the fact that the sample size of the survey, Emory University political science professor Andra Gilespie told WXIA-TV, the race was still “too close to call”.


In what the Atlanta Journal-reported Constitution, was the most expensive house race in the US-Democrats have managed to have outdone the Republicans. Overall, the choice is cost more than $36 million ($21 million spent for advertising, since April 18.

The seat was held by the Republicans since Newt Gingrich, he won in 1978.

But Ossoff hopes to change that, as he touted his national security expertise and experience in the management of a small company to woo voters. He also promises to push for criminal justice reform, protection of civil liberties and to defend planned Parenthood, according to his campaign website.

District lines

Ossoff, the current life-situation has been a point of contention during the campaign, as he actually does not live in the constituency he represented, to compete.

Federal law does not really require a congressional candidate to live in his district. And Ossoff stated that he lives just outside of Georgia 6. The district, with his fiancée, a student of medicine.


“Once you have completed your medical training, I’ll be back in 10 minutes, up the road in the neighborhood where I grew up,” Ossoff said.

Trump referendum

The special election is largely seen as a test of President Donald Trump’s influence.

The Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress. VERY weak on crime and illegal immigration, bad for jobs and want higher taxes. Say NO

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2017

The Republicans need to get out today and VOTE in Georgia 6. Power drain and easy to win! The Ossoff increased their taxes-very bad on crime & 2. A.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2017

The super-liberal Democrats in Georgia Congressioal race to want to protect criminals, illegal immigration and increase taxes!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2017

Trump Ossoff has been attacked several times on Twitter.

Star power

Ossoff campaign has drawn many big name celebrities to push the young Democrat in the direction of victory in a volatile district.

Samuel L. Jackson encouraged voters to vote for Ossoff Trump holding to the “racial and religious discrimination and sexism,” in a radio ad. Chelsea Handler, George Takei, and Alyssa Milano tweeted support for Ossoff.


Together with Milano, Christopher Gorham offered to drive voters to the polling stations for the runoff election on may 18.

No Joke. You call 678-636-9551 and @Alyssa_Milano and I’LL PICK YOU up and bring you to early vote! Now. @ossoff #Georgia6th

— Christopher Gorham (@Chris Gorham) March 27, 2017

Maddie Anderson, South /Central regional press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee, dismissed the celebrity endorsements and accused Ossoff campaign “employ[ing] to be the Hollywood Elite in its voter outreach program.”

Personal Life

A former congressional aide and film-maker, Ossoff was born and raised in Georgia, according to his campaign website.

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The Democrat Jon Ossoff campaigns with fiancée Alisha Kramer in front of the volatile special house elections in Georgia.

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Ossoff received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where he studied under former U.S. Secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. He also earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. There Ossoff wrote his master’s thesis on trade between the United States and China, his campaign website States.

Ossoff is the CEO of Insight TWI: The world Investigates, which “produces world-class documentary films and TV programs, specializing in fresh, bold factual content and high-impact journalism,” according to its website.

Ossoff proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Alisha Kramer, the earlier in may. Kramer is a third year student of medicine at Emory University and is expected to Ob-GYN residency programs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ossoff, manage 30, should be to “flip the Sixth,” he the house, the youngest members of Congress would. REP. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, year-old is the youngest member currently at 32 -.

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