POLL: Razor-Thin Republican Lead in Georgia Special Election

Republican candidate for Georgia's Sixth Congressional seat Karen Handel speaks at an election night watch party in Roswell, Ga., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district Tuesday where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A major independent poll has come out in the Georgia special election. Let’s see if it confirms earlier estimates of the race!

Before we only had an internal poll to work with, but an independent poll is much more meaningful.

Democrat Jon Ossoff’s own poll had him up up one point over Republican Karen Handel, so I predicted she was up 4 points, 52-48. Well, Landmark Communications’ poll for WSB-TV has her up about 3, 49.1-46.5.

With no incumbency advantage, even a ‘safe’ seat will make a new candidate earn that victory. Karen Handel and her supporters cannot let up for a moment. They must keep making calls, knocking on doors, and doing everything else in their power to get all of her voters to show up on election day.

The Democrats have nothing to lose. Republicans must muster the passion to match their desperation, if Handel is going to be the next representative of Georgia’s 6th district.