Democrat Jon Ossoff has a slim one point lead over his sole remaining Republican challenger in the upcoming Congressional runoff race in the Georgia 6th District. Ossoff has 48% of the vote, while Karen Handel has another 47%, with the remanning five percent still listing themselves as undecided, according to MSNBC. There’s still more than a month to go before voting in June. Here are four ways to help Jon Ossoff win this race and get elected to the United States Congress.
1. Act locally. Special elections, even ones that get a lot of attention, tend to get far lower turnout than regular elections. So Jon Ossoff will win or lose based on a relatively small number of voters. If you’re near the Georgia 6th District, which is out in the Atlanta suburbs, go door to door to win over voters. You don’t have to change that many minds to make a difference. Coordinate with the Ossoff campaign (link) for which doors to knock on.
2. Speak up online. Even if you’re nowhere near the Georgia 6th, you’re probably connected to someone online who’s connected to someone online who lives in that district. So speak up on social media. Treat this runoff election as if it were a national election. Spread the word to everyone, and let it filter out to the people in that district.
3. Be smart. Donald Trump and the Republican Party have total control of the federal government. Now is not the time for liberal and progressive voters to be precious about themselves. Jon Ossoff is a good man who holds liberal positions up and down the line, and he’s been endorsed by John Lewis. Ossoff doesn’t need to meet your personal progressive purity test in order to earn your support. We don’t have time for those games. Just get behind him.
4. Contribute. Congressional races don’t require a huge budget, so even small donations can make a big difference. If you’re in a position to donate to the Jon Ossoff campaign, do it (link).
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report