The NRCC continues the successful line of attack casting Jon Ossoff (D) as a out of touch outsider in the Georgia 6th runoff. The race should have shifted to a safe Republican pick up, but the strong performance by Ossoff in April shows he could still win the race depending on who turns out voters better in the Jun 20th runoff. With that said it is interesting that national forces haven't invested more in the ground game at this point and instead continue with the ad war. Democrats are also probably wishing they had successfully recruited former State Representative Tyler Bennett (D) to run for this seat as he is a much stronger candidate. More on that in the run up to June.
With the primary for the special election to fill the open South Carolina 5th Congressional District tomorrow outside money just started to play in the race this past weekend. State House Speaker Pro Tempore is the beneficiary of this first outside money in this race and it is aimed at continuing his campaign of raising his name ID and his platform. This shows him to still be a front runner and polling far enough ahead that the question is who will join him in the GOP runoff in two weeks.
Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel has come back swinging in the latest ad to hit the airwaves in the Georgia 6th Congressional race. Handel touts her successes as in political office and also pans her competitors ads. With the looming jungle primary date it is looking like Handel is working to protect her lead over other GOP candidates and lock up one of the two run off spots.
Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL) rolled out a pair of ads this week to promote his agenda and also lay the framework for his 2018 re-election. While the ads make a point saying for too long Illinois politicians have too long patched the state's problems with "duct tape" solutions, it is tough to see whether Illinois voters won't lump Rauner in with that same crowd as the incumbent. Rauner is facing a tough re-election in this heavily blue state that has faced a budget impasse and declining economic prospects. Look to see this ad war to only escalate ad Democrats are sure to counter this ad buy with one of their own.
Former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly went up with his own introductory television ad this week. While the crowded GOP field heads into the May 2nd primary it is tough to tell whether Connelly can crack into the first tier of candidates over the next month. This ad will go a long way to seeing if he can at least drive up name ID.
Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel has been the clear leader of the Republicans looking to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price in Congress in recent polling. The race for the Georgia 6th features a crowded field and a run off seems to be in the offing. With former Democratic Congressional staffer seeming assured of one of those run off spots fellow Republicans are turning their aim to Handel to keep her from securing the second. Handel does have favorable name ID in the district, but her record on winning elections has shown diminishing returns for her since she left the Secretary of State position to run for Governor in 2010.
U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) endorsed former state Senator Dan Moody (R) in the crowded Georgia 6th Congressional race. Moody is backed and staffed by many of the same people who helped both Senator Perdue and his cousin former Governor Sonny Perdue (R) win elected office. The endorsement does defy traditional politicla logic, but both Perudes have made their careers making such decisions. Look for Moody to contend for a spot in the June 20th runoff in the closing days till the April 18th vote in Georgia.
South Carolina state Rep. Ralph Norman has released two ads in the increasingly contested 5th Congressional District race to replace new OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. Norman's ads are geared towards introducing him and also positioning his agenda of term limits and a balanced budget. Norman is also promoting his outsider business image in the vein of successful recent political campaigns like President Donald Trump and Senator David Perdue (R-GA).
In the Georgia 6th another television ad has hit the airwaves in Atlanta. This one from former state Senator Judson Hill clearly aims to drive up his name ID and also brandish him as the conservative in the race. With four of the campaigns in this race up on TV and outside groups investing in ads this race will quickly become the most expensive special elections for Congress in 2017.
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