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Sat May 6, 2017, 11:14 AM

Georgia special election smashes all-time spending record

Source: Politico


It's official: It will be the most expensive House race in U.S. history.

By ELENA SCHNEIDER 05/06/17 07:17 AM EDT

It’s official: Georgia’s special election will be the most expensive House race in U.S. history. Candidates and outside groups have aired or reserved more than $29.7 million worth of TV ads in the race to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price in Congress, which will break a five-year-old record for House spending — highlighting the outsized importance a sliver of the Atlanta suburbs has taken on in national politics.

It is plainly more money than one House race out of 435 needs. Cash is flowing in at such saturation levels that Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign had the money for everything from Korean radio ads to free Lyft rides for voters on primary day. The Atlanta NBC station has even bumped reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” from their regular slot in order to extend its local newscasts and make more room for political ads.

“Everybody has shoved their chips into the middle of the table, and neither side can afford to lose,” said former GOP Rep. Tom Davis, who chaired the NRCC from 1998 to 2002 and said the record-breaking spending has elevated the race into a “real test of narrative” for both parties.

“Republicans can’t afford to lose this because it changes the narrative and it makes it easier for Democrats to recruit candidates and fundraise,” Davis said. “If Democrats lose, then it punctures their narrative of a coming anti-Trump wave.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/06/georgia-special-election-spending-record-238054

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 11:35 AM

1. June 20th.

By then, there won't be a single Democrat in the district staying home on that day!

And just maybe a bunch of Republicans looking at Trump and the House sayin' !

Thank you, Mr. Precedent!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 11:40 AM

2. I'm in Georgia 6

and it's an exciting time. Karen Handel has a lot of baggage and seems like the same old same old. Jon Ossoff is a new face. Finally. Democrats need new faces to bring excitement.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:46 PM

3. And all that money

makes democracy oh so much more fair. It's the American way... to buy fairness and facts!

(sarcasm)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:46 PM

4. Citizens United works both ways obviously!

 

A TON of outside cash flowing in

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