Republicans might be in for a very long night as Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is outperforming his needed projections and is on pace to win 50% of the vote and flip a Republican House seat in the Georgia special election.
Caveat: IT IS VERY EARLY In The VOTE COUNTING, BUT:
Ossoff at 57% in the Cobb County early vote. That's more impressive than the DeKalb tally. Ossoff on track for 2/3 of the EV
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) April 19, 2017(Continued Below)
Well, the Election Day vote better be great for the GOP. Because the early vote is simply much better than expected for Ossoff pic.twitter.com/osJzYIF4VM
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) April 19, 2017
Before voting started, here are the projected vote percentages that Ossoff needed in each of the district’s three counties:
Rule of thumb: to be on track to hit 50% and *avoid* a runoff, Ossoff probably needs around 62% in DeKalb, 51% in Fulton, 45% in Cobb. #GA06
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) April 18, 2017
Ossoff is currently at 66% in DeKalb County, 54% in Cobb County, and 61% in Fulton County according to the official election results. Ossoff is ahead of pace everywhere, and with the early vote for the Democrat being higher than expected, Democrats have a legitimate shot at flipping this seat tonight.
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