The GOP vote came soaring back this week in a special election for a seat in the legislature of Georgia, as the Republican candidate defeated the Democrat by 26 percent.
Republican Devan Seabaugh beat Democratic Priscilla Smith. Previously, the GOP candidate, Rep. Bert Reeves, won by just 12%. He resigned to work at Georgia Tech.
“While runoff elections have historically lower turnout than previous races, especially in special elections, both races experienced more voters than they had four weeks ago. Almost 2,000 more people voted in the election this week compared to last month,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.
“Some political experts thought the Cobb County state House district would be an early test for the suburban Atlanta GOP after the state backed Biden for president and Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for the U.S. Senate in January.”
Seabaugh made his impressive victory even with efforts of former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ organization Fair Fight. “During the special election in June, Fair Fight put observers at numerous polling locations. Heading into the ending days of the election, Fair Fight made a digital advertising assault on Seabaugh for his support of, as they put it, Georgia’s new restrictive voting law, gun rights increases and anti-abortion steps,” the Journal-Constitution said.
Their attack ad said Seabaugh had “extreme beliefs on voting rights and common sense gun safety,” adding, “Instead of protecting women’s rights, Seabaugh has promised to support all laws that would eliminate the freedom to choose ‘without apology.’”
Abrams’ group attacked Smith:
“Fair Fight is proud to support Priscilla Smith in her struggle to represent District 34. Priscilla has been an advocate for underrepresented people and communities from the classroom onward. In the Georgia House, she will fight to guard our country’s democracy by seeking to end voter suppression. Turning election day into a national holiday; and increasing vote-by-mail. If chosen to lead, Priscilla would struggle tirelessly for fairer districts and put a stop to gerrymandering. Priscilla’s drive to protect fair representation at the election box; her helping affordable healthcare along with reproductive rights; and her drive to fund public education and infrastructure is why Fair Fight is supporting her.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire