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President Donald Trump won the district in the 2016 presidential election, but not by much — 1.5 percentage points to be exact, signifying that the Democrats may have a real chance to flip the seat blue for the first time since John J. Flynt Jr. won the seat in 1965.
Ossoff won the first round of voting April 18, but didn’t garner the 50 percent needed to win the seat outright, meaning the top-two candidates would face off in a runoff election.
Of the 17 candidates in the original field, Ossoff grabbed 48.1 percent to Handel’s 19.2. But because there were 11 Republicans that made up the field, many suspected those votes would be transferred to Handel. But recent polling has indicated that may not be the case.
A poll that was released May 14 showed Ossoff and Handel in a dead heat as the election nears.
Florida-based Gravis Marketing performed the poll, which showed Ossoff leading Handel 47 percent to 45 percent. It was conducted from May 8-10 and had a 3.3 percent margin of error, another sign that the race is virtually a tossup.
Click here to see the full results of the poll.
Previous polls in the runoff election have shown similar results.
One poll released in early May conducted for WSB-TV showed Handel leading Ossoff 49.1 percent to 46.5 percent.
And a separate poll performed by a Democratic polling firm showed very similar results. Respondents were surveyed right after the first round of the special election, and the results showed Ossoff ahead of Handel by one point (48-47).
Sensing the importance of the congressional race, record amounts of money and national support has continuously poured into the race. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the current cost of the race is in uncharted territory for a Congressional race.
Just this past weekend, House Speaker Paul Ryan went on the campaign trail for Handel.