On paper, this election should be a golden opportunity for Democrats to make political inroads.The district is filled with the type of college-educated voters who have gravitated away from Trump—including independents who don’t have strong partisan loyalties but tend to vote Republican.Eleven Republicans will be fighting against each other on an all-party primary ballot, making it likely the eventual GOP standard-bearer will be wounded heading into an expected runoff. Trump’s presidency has gotten off to a rocky start, giving any Democrat plenty of material to work with.But the early Democratic favorite in the race is about as awkward a fit for this particular district as Democrats could find. Jon Ossoff, a self-described investigative filmmaker, is a 29-year-old Bernie Sanders backer and a former national security staffer for liberal Rep. Hank Johnson…Ossoff fills the confrontational role to a tee.In case his campaign message wasn’t clear, his website is emblazoned with the headline: “Georgia: Stand Up To Trump.”Making the race about Trump is helping him raise his profile and bringing in loads of campaign cash.But money isn’t a substitute for a message that can win over Republicans who will find Ossoff’s down-the-line liberal views as problematic as Trump’s populism.Democratic activists may be energized by Ossoff’s broadsides against the president, but they will end up disappointed if he doesn’t meld them with a centrist message designed to attract disaffected Republicans…If Democrats can even run competitively in this district, it would be a sign that an unadulterated anti-Trump message can pay dividends.But if the next Republican nominee performs like Price—who never won less than 62 percent of the vote in his seven campaigns—it will send a signal that simply being the opposition isn’t enough to win back control of Congress.“If you have an old white guy who’s hard right-wing, pro-Trump, anti-Muslim, and anti-gay marriage running against a woman who comes across like Michelle Nunn, that’s the dynamic that could be a problem for us,” said one GOP strategist tracking the race.“But you’re not going to have that dynamic.”
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