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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Georgia race: GOP vows to unite, beat Ossoff after forcing runoff with Trump's help

Judson Berger

By Judson Berger
·Published April 19, 2017
· FoxNews.com

Democrats put their hope in political upstart Jon Ossoff to deliver a rebuke to President Trump in Tuesday night’s Georgia congressional election. It didn’t quite work.

Now, after forcing the front-runner into a June 20 runoff, Republicans are vowing to unite and defeat the Democrats’ chosen candidate in two months.

Trump, who used a robocall and his Twitter account in the contest’s closing days to push Republicans to the polls, taunted Democrats on Wednesday morning, casting the upcoming final contest as “Hollywood vs. Georgia.”

Ossoff was the clear leader once the dust settled in Tuesday’s crowded special election for the Georgia House seat once held by Republican Tom Price, now Trump’s health secretary.

He garnered 48 percent. Top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel, former Georgia secretary of state, got just 20 percent.

But Ossoff’s haul fell short of the majority threshold required to outright win, despite him getting support from prominent Democrats and celebrities and attracting millions of dollars in outside donations. He raised over $8 million, compared with Handel's roughly $460,000. Under the so-called “jungle primary” system, the top two candidates – Ossoff and Handel – will head into the June runoff.

The two-candidate race immediately changes the dynamics in the contest.

Heading into Tuesday, 18 candidates were competing -- 11 Republicans, five Democrats and two independents. Democrats mostly consolidated support behind Ossoff, a 30-year-old filmmaker and former congressional aide. Republicans, by contrast, were sharply divided and split their vote among several contenders.

With just two candidates in the race, Republicans are vowing to close ranks behind Handel’s candidacy.

“Republicans are united and ready to do everything we can to elect Karen to Congress,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said in a statement.

Handel told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning that she’s already spoken to most of her GOP competitors in a push to unite the party.

“This district has a long legacy of Republican leadership,” she said. “What’s at stake here is bigger than any one person, and we will unite.”

She credited Trump with helping get out the vote and vowed, “I will prevail.”

Ossoff is sounding equally confident. At an Atlanta rally Tuesday night, he said, “We will be ready to fight on and win in June if necessary.”

He slammed Republicans for their “dark money” and negative ads – Handel countered that most his funding came from outside the district, and reprised criticism that Ossoff doesn’t even live in the Sixth District.

Ossoff has acknowledged he lives just outside the district, so his girlfriend is closer to work.

The result Tuesday night tees up another hard-fought contest in June likely to draw even more national interest. Some Republicans have suggested Trump could personally campaign in Georgia now that it’s a two-person race, while Democrats plan to keep up the pressure – after falling short in another recent House special election in Kansas.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement Wednesday morning that the Georgia outcome showed voters are “fed up with Republican leadership.”

“Jon Ossoff is in a strong position to become the first Democrat to represent the Georgia 6th in nearly 40 years. And while Republicans have their backs against the wall, Democrats will keep their foot on the gas through Election Day because the residents of Georgia’s 6th district deserve a representative who will fight for them,” he said.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "Georgia Vs. Hollywood" narrative is quite interesting.

This is the race that has seen millions upon millions of outside dollars pour in from outside the State. By all rights the Democrats should have won on the first ballot with the sheer capital behind the candidate, especially considering that Hillary Clinton won Cobb County in the Presidential Election.

However making the runoff about California trying to buy seats in Georgia seems effective.
It will be interesting to see how the turnout is.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Limbaugh has made the point that the Democrats are attempting to create the impression that the country now recognizes it has made the wrong choice, and that it will allow them either neuter Trump, or get rid of him. Thus, the coordinated effort to force him to reveal his tax returns. Thus the journalistic theme that his government is in chaos, and that it is failing on every front -- Obamacare, tax reform, etc. SAnd thus, the violence at Berkeley and any other campus where they can get footage of determined resistance, going to violence.

In fact, Trump has been busily checking off his list of promises. He has assembled an all-star cabinet, and foxed the Democrats on his Supreme Court nomination. The Obama energy regulations have been rolled back, and illegal immigration has been seriously curtailed, particularly the border runners, which are down 70%. (A very high proportion of the escapees into Canada are illegals from the USA who have criminal records, and are almost certainly ICE targets.) He has reversed American foreign policy and is heading to a confrontation with North Korea and the Syrians. And he has started beating the tom-toms on NAFTA.

In fact, his presidency is unusually active and organized. In the wake of the Obama administration, he looks even better than he deserves. His favourability ratings have risen to about 50%, up from 35-40% a couple of weeks ago.

It's a fascinating study in practical politics in the 21st century.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump supporters don't have buyer's remorse but some Clinton voters do: Poll

Aaron Blake, Washington Post

First posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:28 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, April 23, 2017 01:15 PM EDT

U.S. President Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House April 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. The president was returning from a trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin where he visited Snap-on tools. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Anecdotal stories about disillusioned supporters of Donald Trump are overdone. The fact is that, on a broad scale, Trump supporters say they aren't disappointed. In fact, a poll showed they were more pleased than disappointed, by about 5 to 1:

"...The Pew Research Center released a poll showing very little buyer's remorse among Trump voters. The poll showed just 7% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Trump has performed worse than they expected him to. Fully 38% - five times as many - say he has performed better."

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll confirms this - in spades. And, in fact, it shows more buyer's remorse for Trump's opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton. And were the 2016 election held again today, it shows Trump would avenge his popular-vote loss.

While just 4% of Trump's supporters say they would back someone else if there was a redo of the election, fully 15% of Clinton supporters say they would ditch her. Trump leads in a re-do of the 2016 election 43% to 40% after losing the popular vote 46-44.

That 15% is split between those who say they would vote for Trump (2%), Gary Johnson (4%), Jill Stein (2%), and either other candidates or not vote (7%).

It's not hugely surprising that the losing candidate in an election would see this kind of drop-off. People don't like voting for losers, and if you look closely at polls after an election, some voters won't even admit to having cast their ballots for the losing candidate. The winning margin for the victor is generally exaggerated.

But against the backdrop of stories about how Trump hasn't delivered what his supporters thought he would, it's notable how much his backers are sticking by their candidate, relative to his opponent. There is basically no real defection to the one candidate who could have delivered a different result.

Of course, you can still be disappointed in Trump and not say you wish you had voted differently. But this poll also reinforces the idea that Trump supporters aren't even disappointed. Not in the least, in fact.

Just 2% of those who voted for Trump say he has been a worse president than they expected. Only 1% say he has been "much worse," and 1% say he has been "somewhat worse."

In contrast, 62% say he has been better than expected, with one-third (33%) saying he has been "much better."

That's not disillusioned Trump supporters; that's quite the opposite. And we have yet to see a poll that suggests there are a bunch of disgruntled Trump voters out there, stewing over


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Limbaugh has made the point that the Democrats are attempting to create the impression that the country now recognizes it has made the wrong choice, and that it will allow them either neuter Trump, or get rid of him.

I agree,
The narrative from the Democrats seems to be that they take no responsibility for the reasoning why they lost in 2016 and they are willing to welcome back the proverbial prodigal sons and daughters back into the fold. I would argue that is a challenging approach to take.

If and When the President passes his tax plan and if that tax plan is significant, its going to be challenging for the Democrats moving forward.

If a change in the tax code represents a few hundred dollar a month to the average American worker, campaigning to claw that back is going to be an uphill battle.
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