What's more, "a loss in Georgia's special election here could leave the [Democratic Party] demoralized, with little to show for all the furious organizing, fundraising, and spending in a handful of congressional special elections in the early months of the Trump administration", Politico writes. "It's not gonna happen".
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the former Georgia governor, was even more direct. Republicans see a Handel win as a chance to bolster incumbents in competitive districts who are nervous about allying with Trump.
"The Ossoff model is a traditional Democratic model: a moderate candidate in a moderate district, and he avoids taking liberal positions", said Ben Tulchin, who worked as the pollster for Sanders' presidential campaign.
Ossoff will need black voters to turn out, since many have dropped off since former President Obama's elections.
Democrat Jon Ossoff continues to live outside of Georgia's sixth district, despite running for its congressional seat, and was challenged to defended his decision Friday during an appearance on MSNBC. And there's the moderates and independents who have backed GOP candidates but are turned off by national politics.
Republicans, weighed down by Trump's growing unpopularity, must demonstrate they can separate themselves from the president enough to hold suburban districts that only now are becoming battlegrounds.
"I'll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us", Brad Carver, the Republican chairman of a neighboring Congressional district, said at an event for Handel. If Ossoff loses, these critics within the Democratic Party will see his defeat as evidence that the tepid Clintonian response to Trump is the wrong way to go. Ossoff's campaign raised more than $23.6 million by the end of May while Handel's brought in more than $4.5 million. But his day-to-day campaign operation has focused more on the Democrats' main coalition: young voters, nonwhites and women. "It won't if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday", the narrator explains, also making reference to the "unhinged left". The 70-year-old retiree said she has knocked on potential voters' doors every week since March for Ossoff's campaign, motivated by her fears about Trump's election and his approach to health care, immigration and education. She says she'd have voted for the House GOP health care bill; he says he'd have opposed it.
Ossoff is still expected to have the edge, but just how wide the margin is could determine the race. It's also one of the most contentious.
Ossoff says removing that cost protection makes any coverage guarantee "useless", because policies would become unaffordable, particularly given the Republicans' proposal to roll back premium subsidies that are a primary feature of the 2010 law.