While Nobody Was Watching, Jon Ossoff Opened Up a Big Lead in Georgia

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Between Donald Trump, Russia, James Comey, Saudi Arabia and Israel — nobody really seems to have had much bandwidth for Jon Ossoff and his special house election in Georgia.

Now, however, a new poll from Survey USA for Georgia’s local WXIA is showing that the boyish political newcomer has opened a seven point lead over his Republican opponent Karen Handel.

The poll’s ultimate analysis of the results concluded that the race was “close enough in a low-turnout, stand-alone runoff to be anyone’s call, though clearly Ossoff is in a better position than Handel,” the station reported.

Both campaigns (predictably) issued statements downplaying the poll saying they were preparing for a tight contest.

Ossoff received enormous national attention during the first round of his quest to replace Representative Tom Price in Georgia’s special election. After taking in millions of dollars in outside funding and some high profile celebrity endorsements, the Democrat finished with 48% of the vote, just shy of a the majority needed to win outright.

A runoff with Handel, who finished in a distant second place has been set for June 20.

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