Jon Ossoff Can’t Vote For Himself — And it Got Awkward on New Day


All eyes are on Georgia’s sixth Congressional District Tuesday, where Jon Ossoff is attempting to reach the necessary 50 percent threshold to earn the seat vacated by the new Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

The race has attracted national attention because of the possibility that Ossoff could flip a heavily-Republican district. Celebrities have flooded Ossoff’s campaign coffers, and President Donald Trump has Tweeted against him.

But as it turns out, the notables from Hollywood and Washington who have been drawn to the race have something in common with Jon Ossoff: They can’t vote for Jon Ossoff.

The candidate completely danced around the question of whether he was able to vote for himself when asked about it by Alisyn Camerota on New Day Tuesday morning.

“Well, I grew up in this district,” Ossoff said, speaking from Sandy Springs, GA — roughly 15 miles north of Atlanta. “I grew up in this community. No one knew there was going to be an election coming. I’ve been living with my Alicia, my girlfriend of 12 years, down by Emory University where she’s a full-time medical student. And as soon as she concludes her medical training, I’ll be 10 minutes back into the district where I grew up. But I want to support her in her career and do right by her.”

Camerota pressed Ossoff, who did not specifically own up to the fact that he does not reside in the District he’s hoping to represent in Congress. And Ossoff, again, did not specifically acknowledge Camerota’s point that he cannot vote in the election.

“Well, I grew up in this district,” Ossoff said again. “I grew up in this community. It’s my home. My family is still there. I’m a mile and a half down the street to support Alicia while she finishes medical school. I am proud to be supporting her career. As soon as she finishes her medical training, I’ll be 10 minutes back up road where I grew up.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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