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Democrat John Ossoff’s bid to represent Georgia’s 6th district in Congress alludes a shift towards Democratic values in a traditionally Republican state, writes Robert Costa of the Washington Post. Ossoff’s near-miss of 50% of the vote, which opens up a second runoff in June, was a huge step for Democrats, deems Costa. According to him, the district’s high rate of college-educated residents as well as growing disillusion with Trump provides a fertile campaigning ground for Ossoff. His gains foreshadow Democrats taking back congressional seats in the rest of the country, predicts Costa.

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The odds are stacked against Democrat Jon Ossoff, as impressive as his rising popularity in Georgia has been, reports Charlie May of Salon, who adds that Republicans have gerrymandered Georgia’s 6th district in a way that is favorable to them. May asserts that Republicans engaged in unethical tactics that redrew district lines in order to make Republican votes count more. He speculates that the bill to enforce these lines was introduced and passed in mere days to prevent Democrats being able to oppose it. Notwithstanding his impressive results so far, Ossoff making it to Congress is highly unlikely, believes May.

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