On behalf of Fox 5 Atlanta, the independent pollster Opinion Savvy gives Democrat Jon Ossoff two good pieces of news in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The poll shows Ossoff easily advancing past the April 18 top two primary, but more importantly, Ossoff is competitive against each Republican they tested him against June 20; in fact, Ossoff posts small leads in three of the four matchups.
We’ll take a look first at the April primary, which pits all the candidates on one ballot:
Investigative documentary maker Jon Ossoff (D): 40
Ex-Secretary of State Karen Handel (R): 20
Businessman Bob Gray (R): 10
State Sen. Judson Hill (R): 10
Ex-state Sen. Dan Moody (R): 8
None of the other 13 (!) candidates take more than 2 percent of the vote. Now, here is how Ossoff performs against four different Republicans in hypothetical June matchups:
42-41 vs. Ex-Secretary of State Karen Handel
44-42 vs. businessman Bob Gray
44-45 vs. state Sen. Judson Hill
46-44 vs. ex-state Sen. Dan Moody
This is the first poll of the June general election we’ve seen. The survey does have one pessimistic note for Team Blue, though: While Trump won this traditionally suburban Atlanta seat just 48-47, the poll gives him a 53-46 approval rating, which indicates that the undecideds like him. However, the GOP is taking this race seriously, and Paul Ryan’s allied super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, just dropped an additional $1.1 million in ads on Ossoff, taking their total investment here to $2.2 million.
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CLF’s first spots used footage from a decade ago of Ossoff dressed as Han Solo from when he was in college. However, they seem to have decided that this line of attack wasn’t so effective, which would make it the second-worst Han Solo-related decision in history. Instead, their new ad goes where so many GOP ads have gone before (yes, that’s a different franchise) and ties Ossoff to Nancy Pelosi.
The narrator argues that “Nancy Pelosi’s friends are bankrolling Ossoff’s campaign, because Ossoff will rubber stamp her liberal agenda.” The commercial goes on to accuse Ossoff of wanting “higher taxes on the middle class, job-destroying regulations, [and] billions in new spending.” It’s not very exciting stuff, but the CLF is hoping that a conventional GOP line-of-attack will resonate in a seat full of voters who backed almost every Republican but Donald Trump.