The 3 Important Lessons from the Georgia Special Election

Georgia has just completed its record-breaking special election. For starters, it was rated as the most expensive House election in history, with both candidates pulling in big money for campaigning and other activities. Both the Republican candidate, Karen Handel, and the Democrat candidate, Jon Ossoff, also battled on multiple fronts, only for the election to fall into the Republicans’ hands by 52 to 48.

Nevertheless, there are several important lessons to learn from the Georgia special election. Issues aside, both candidates are showing how the political landscape has changed a lot in recent months.

The Trump Effect

A lot of Republicans were worried that the uncertainties and scandals surrounding Trump’s administration will hurt the party. If the Georgia special election is any indicator, that fear is not justified; at least not yet. Trump tweeted his congratulation to Handel soon after the result of the election was announced.

It is also worth noting that the Democrats are not taking advantage of the anti-Trump rhetoric as much as they should, according to experts who were following the special election closely. Ossoff refused to bring up the anti-Trump notion throughout his second campaign round, which many Democrats see as a mistake that cost him the election.

George Washington University and its online masters in political science department complied studies that calculated how Trump’s low approval rating will affect the Republicans in future elections. Trump currently has an approval rating of 35%, the lowest of any president this early in the presidency. The result of the election surprised a lot of people and will be a case study for many online political science masters students for years to come.

The Most Expensive Election

On the money front, there are two important things to note. First of all, this was the most expensive House special election in US history. Both candidates poured more than $50 million together; this is an unprecedented amount for a special election. This shows that both the Republicans and (especially) the Democrats are capable of raising the funds.

The second lesson to note is the cost of this election for the Republicans. Republicans had to spend far more money to hold on to their seat. The 4% spread between the two candidates after such an expensive election for the Republicans is not a good sign either. Things could get more expensive, more quickly in the future.

Democrats Need to Change

People are expecting the Democrats to be progressive and modern. Unfortunately, many of the top Democrats supporting candidates at State level are not the best symbols for change and reformation. Figures such as Nancy Pelosi are helping the party raise funds and fight elections more competitively, but they also drag the party down and undercut younger candidates’ messages in many ways.

Keep in mind that the Republicans won four out of the last four special elections. That said, the Democrats are consistently out-performing themselves with better election results. The 48% result for Ossoff is no different. It won’t be long before Democrats start to pose a challenge in future special elections.

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The 3 Important Lessons from the Georgia Special Election

Georgia has just completed its record-breaking special election. For starters, it was rated as the most expensive House election in history, with both candidates pulling in big money for campaigning and other activities. Both the Republican candidate, Karen Handel, and the Democrat candidate, Jon Ossoff, also battled on multiple fronts, only for the election to fall into the Republicans’ hands by 52 to 48.

Nevertheless, there are several important lessons to learn from the Georgia special election. Issues aside, both candidates are showing how the political landscape has changed a lot in recent months.

The Trump Effect

A lot of Republicans were worried that the uncertainties and scandals surrounding Trump’s administration will hurt the party. If the Georgia special election is any indicator, that fear is not justified; at least not yet. Trump tweeted his congratulation to Handel soon after the result of the election was announced.

It is also worth noting that the Democrats are not taking advantage of the anti-Trump rhetoric as much as they should, according to experts who were following the special election closely. Ossoff refused to bring up the anti-Trump notion throughout his second campaign round, which many Democrats see as a mistake that cost him the election.

George Washington University and its online masters in political science department complied studies that calculated how Trump’s low approval rating will affect the Republicans in future elections. Trump currently has an approval rating of 35%, the lowest of any president this early in the presidency. The result of the election surprised a lot of people and will be a case study for many online political science masters students for years to come.

The Most Expensive Election

On the money front, there are two important things to note. First of all, this was the most expensive House special election in US history. Both candidates poured more than $50 million together; this is an unprecedented amount for a special election. This shows that both the Republicans and (especially) the Democrats are capable of raising the funds.

The second lesson to note is the cost of this election for the Republicans. Republicans had to spend far more money to hold on to their seat. The 4% spread between the two candidates after such an expensive election for the Republicans is not a good sign either. Things could get more expensive, more quickly in the future.

Democrats Need to Change

People are expecting the Democrats to be progressive and modern. Unfortunately, many of the top Democrats supporting candidates at State level are not the best symbols for change and reformation. Figures such as Nancy Pelosi are helping the party raise funds and fight elections more competitively, but they also drag the party down and undercut younger candidates’ messages in many ways.

Keep in mind that the Republicans won four out of the last four special elections. That said, the Democrats are consistently out-performing themselves with better election results. The 48% result for Ossoff is no different. It won’t be long before Democrats start to pose a challenge in future special elections.

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