Dems launch minority turnout push in Georgia special election

Dems launch minority turnout push in Georgia special election
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Democrats are pumping money and resources into Georgia ahead of a pivotal special election runoff there next month.

The Democratic National Committee is bankrolling 10 new organizers who will specifically target minority voters who did not turn out for the April special election that sent Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel to the runoff for Georgia's 6th District House seat.

While Ossoff fell just short of the 50 percent threshold during that primary, which would have won him the open seat outright, all of the Republican candidates in the primary combined received more votes than the Democrats. So Democrats looking to flip the red seat in a low-turnout special election are focusing on independents that voted for Republicans, as well as increasing turnout among their base and key constituencies.

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“The emerging coalition of African American, Latino, and AAPI voters in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District have been at the heart of the resistance and will be at the heart of Jon Ossoff’s victory in June,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement announcing the investment.

Minutes after the DNC announcement, the House Majority PAC — a super PAC tied to House Democratic leadership — announced that it would sink $700,000 in the district.

The majority of that will be in the form of a half-million dollar ad buy in partnership with the non-profit Patriot Majority. The remaining $200,000 will go toward turning out Democratic votes.

The investment is indicative of the outsized political attention on the suburban Atlanta seat, which opened when President Trump nominated then-Rep. Tom Price for secretary of Health and Human Services.

While the seat has historically leaned red, Democrats have made a serious push in the district as they aim to prove that anti-Trump momentum can win them seats in the 2018 midterms.