Republican Karen Handel’s campaign in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District for the June 20 election runoff can take some comfort in numbers being compiled by the non-partisan United States Elections Project. As of Friday (June 10) the early vote tally is a whopping 93,936 ballots cast (in-person and mail ballots). Of those votes, slightly over 30,000 voted in the last Republican primary, over 20,000 took a Democrat ballot in the last primary and just over 30,000 did not vote in either primary.

The Elections Project tabulated that these early voters are overwhelmingly white and a large majority are in the 55 to 70 age group, which tends to lean Republican. Furthermore, early voting will start at various locations in the Cobb County portion of the three-county district. In a recent state Senate special election, the Republican candidate in that Cobb section of the 6th District clobbered the Democrat by garnering 57 percent of the vote. So Handel is expected to beat Democrat Jon Ossoff there, but by how much is the big question. (In April Ossoff carried every DeKalb County precinct in the district, but there are fewer voters there than in Cobb. So the Fulton County part of the district will be the main battleground.)

Consultant Mark Rountree of Landmark Communications, who spoke at a Fulton County GOP breakfast meeting on Saturday at the Rivermont Country Club, noted that “in order to win the election Ossoff must do far better with early Democrat votes than is already occurring” and his opinion is the race now “is about even.” And, traditionally in the district, more identifiable Republican voters have turned out on an election day than identifiable Democrats.

In the past the 6th District has been represented by GOP incumbents Tom Price, Johnny Isakson and Newt Gingrich. Steve Handel, the husband of candidate Karen Handel, noted at the breakfast that if just all the Republicans who voted in the first April special election turn out again “then we win.”

To follow the early vote count this week click on www.electproject.org

 

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