Emory professor weighs in on CD-6 poll: Dems will pour resources into the race

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On Tuesday, 11 Alive covered the zpolitics / Clout research poll that showed Democrat Jon Ossoff with an early lead among a field of 18, meaning that the race could shape up between a Democrat and a Republican in the runoff.

Emory Professor Andra Gillespie was asked to weigh in on the results. She noted that the race is likely to draw greater attention from the left than what has been typical in the district.

“We expect in this polarized partisan charged environment, Democrats are going to pour a lot of resources into the race,” Gillespie told the station. “So despite the fact that the poll indicates that President Trump has a lot of support in the district, Democrats are looking for an early victory.”

Pollster Fritz Wenzel told zpolitics that the results may give Ossoff an early boost, but positive approval numbers for Trump could very likely spell defeat against a Republican.

“Democrats are much more settled in their decision about this race,” Clout pollster Fritz Wenzel said, adding that 69 percent of Democrats are solid in their support of Ossoff. “While Ossoff  may win the primary, it is highly unlikely he would win the runoff election.”

The study found that most voters in the district will be most focused on the economy (22 percent), dealing with Obamacare (12 percent), and national security (12 percent). Other issues on the minds of those in Congressional District 6 include infrastructure (10 percent), cutting government regulations (10 percent), and public education (9 percent).

The special election will take place on April 18th, with a runoff set for June 20th. The District includes Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties.

For more, check out the original study or watch 11 Alive’s report for a recap.

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