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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Neck and neck in Georgia: Jon Ossoff, Karen Handel trading the lead in early counting

A short time ago, vot­ing in the spe­cial elec­tion to select a suc­ces­sor to depart­ed U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tom Price in Geor­gia’s 6th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict end­ed, and the three coun­ties in the dis­trict began releas­ing ear­ly results.

So far, it’s been extreme­ly close, with Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date Jon Ossoff trad­ing the lead with Repub­li­can can­di­date (and Trump boost­er) Karen Han­del. Ossoff is cling­ing to the nar­row­est of leads at present — he and Han­del each have 50% of the vote. Many more bal­lots remain to be count­ed, but con­sid­er­ing how Repub­li­can this dis­trict is, Ossof­f’s per­for­mance is noth­ing short of remark­able.

(Price won the dis­trict by a twen­ty-three point mar­gin just last year, but there’s a pos­si­bil­i­ty tonight that Repub­li­cans could lose it. That’s a big deal.)

Here’s where we stand as of 5:45 PM Pacif­ic:

GA-06 Spe­cial Elec­tion: 13 of 208 Precincts Report­ing — 6%
NamePar­tyVotesVote %
Ossoff, JonDemo­c­ra­t­ic61,37550%
Han­del, KarenRepub­li­can60,18250%

By 5:10 PM Pacif­ic, Ossoff had tak­en his first lead of the night, with 58,152 votes to Han­del’s 56,619 (51% to 49%). Pri­or to that, as of 4:58 PM Pacif­ic (when only the first drop from Ful­ton Coun­ty had come in), Han­del had been ahead, with 37,140 votes to Ossof­f’s 35,111 (51% to 49%).

It’s a good sign for Ossoff that he has been able to remain just slight­ly ahead of Han­del as the num­bers get updat­ed. We would­n’t be sur­prised to see the lead flip back and forth a few more times before the night is out.

A few polling places in DeKalb Coun­ty have been held open past the dead­line to allow vot­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tion, accord­ing to Atlanta’s CBS affil­i­ate:

A judge has signed an order approv­ing a peti­tion by the Board of Reg­is­tra­tion and Elec­tions to extend vot­ing hours for 30 min­utes at the polls locat­ed at Holy Cross Catholic Church (3773 Cham­blee Tuck­er Road). Geor­gia Sec­re­tary of State Bri­an Kemp has informed CBS46 that DeKalb has obtained a judi­cial order to extend vot­ing hours until 7:30 p.m., Tues­day evening at Livsey Ele­men­tary and Embry Hills polling loca­tions in Tuck­er.

The report does­n’t way why vot­ing hours were extend­ed.

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