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Statement from Page Gardner, Founder and President, Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund
Jon Ossoff’s strong showing in last night’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District made one thing clear— 2018 could be a very different midterm cycle. His campaign, with its slogan, “Make Trump Furious,” proved that Democrats can capitalize on opposition to the President and his party to mount fierce challenges in historically red districts.
Ossoff’s campaign – with its reliance on grassroots energy, volunteer involvement (over 3500 volunteers participated in his campaign), and his emphasis on the economy, health care, women’s health and ending waste in government also provides a blueprint for races to come in 2017 and 2018. In addition, the fact that Ossoff ran openly against Trump, describing the President as “an embarrassment and a threat to prosperity and health, justice, and security in the Sixth District,” clearly helped him to a near-win last night.
The dynamic in the June 20 runoff, when Ossoff will face just one Republican (not the 11 that were in the primary), will be very different. But last night, Trump and the Republican party were shown to be vulnerable in a reliably Republican district and that opposition to their budget and health care plans hurting women and families has created a highly-engaged and energized resistance. Last night’s election results suggest progressive turnout in the 2018 midterms could defy expectations and break with the past.