The runoff for the Georgia US House of Representatives 6th district was a nationally watched race. As with a few other races since President Trump was elected, this was painted as a referendum on him as much (or perhaps more) as it was about local issues. As it turned out, Republican Karen Handel won with a 4% margin over the (well-financed) Democrat John Ossoff. Here are my thoughts. Mentioned links: Karen Handel wins; latest Georgia 6th District runoff results Scientists find evidence of global warming on Mars Show transcript The runoff for the Georgia US House of Representatives 6th district was a nationally watched race. As with a few other races since President Trump was elected, this was painted as a referendum on him as much (or perhaps more) as it was about local issues. Tom Price, who used to hold this seat, is now the head of Trump’s Health and Human Services department. I’m sure one of the considerations for choosing him was that this was a safe seat, having been Republican since 1979 when Newt Gingrich was first elected. Price, who was first elected to that seat in 2004, was routinely re-elected with a margin of at least 20 percentage points. But following Price’s appointment to Trump’s cabinet, the Democrats sought to make this their (latest) attempt to show that the American public, having seen Trump in action and the political troubles he was having, were filled with buyer’s remorse and were ready to bring them back. Democrat John Ossoff got 49% of the vote in the general election, among a total of 18 candidates. Karen Handel and he were the top 2 vote getters, and thus, in Georgia, a runoff was required, which just happened on Tuesday, June 20th. It seemed like years between the general election and the runoff, mostly because of the interminable ads that ran constantly on TV and radio. Wow. Hopefully, one day, we can target ads just to the district in question, but if you lived in metro Atlanta, you had no excuse not to know that, yes, there was a special election coming up. In fact, ads were so pervasive and relentless that, since the 6th district is various parts of 3 counties, there were many voters that showed up to the polls thinking they were in the district, only to be turned away.