David Drucker in the Washington Examiner says Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's super PAC may be responsible for stopping an upset by Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special congressional election in Georgia on Tuesday:
Ossoff finished first in a crowded field dominated by Republicans. But he appears to have fallen short of 50 percent, and must advance to a runoff where his Republican opponent will be favored to win the suburban Atlanta seat formerly held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
It's the expected outcome in a district held by the GOP since Newt Gingrich captured the 6th in 1978. Yet, it was hardly certain three weeks ago, when the super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan urgently stepped in with millions in money and manpower.
"If we had waited another couple of weeks, it would have been too late," said Corry Bliss, executive director of Congressional Leadership Fund, in an interview in which he shared the super PAC's strategy.
Ossof, Drucker says, was buoyed by, "a combination of President Trump's middling approval ratings, the collapse of the GOP healthcare bill, and millions of dollars of in unchallenged advertising on local television." he was also helped by Republican infighting in the election.
Because Ossof did not get 50 percent of the vote, he will now face Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff election.
Ryan issued the following statement after the election results were known:
“Congratulations to Karen Handel for running a successful campaign and advancing to the run-off.
“Karen Handel is a proven leader who is committed to solving our nation’s problems and meeting our biggest challenges head-on. Karen Handel will be an effective representative for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, like my good friends Tom Price and Newt Gingrich, and I’m looking forward to helping her win this election on June 20th.
“In Karen Handel, Georgians will have a dedicated public servant representing them in Washington, D.C., and someone who understands how to get the job done. Her record of getting results for The Peach State is exactly why I’m proud to fully support Karen Handel’s candidacy for Congress.”
You can read the whole Washington Examiner article at the link.