Republicans and conservatives are trying to use the congressional baseball game shooting from June 14 to influence the special U.S. House election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel on June 20 (video below).
Brad Carver, the Republican chairman of the 11th Congressional District, said at an event for Handel in Chamblee on June 18 that the shooting -- which Ossoff had nothing to do with -- would win it for Handel, notes The Washington Post:
I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us. Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism. I get that there’s extremists on both sides, but we are not seeing them. We’re seeing absolute resistance to everything this president does. Moderates and independents out there want to give him a chance. Democrats have never given this president a chance.
Carver predicted that Handel would win the traditionally Republican district if there is a large turnout, and credited the baseball shooting again:
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Democrats picked a good target, but they’re not going to do it. The trend lines are looking good for us. … It’s not going to be a blowout. It’ll be close, but we’ll win it. And I really do think the congressional baseball shooting is going to decide the election.
A video released by the conservative group Principled PAC on June 18 also tried to link Ossoff to the shooting:
Now, the unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans. When will it stop? It won't if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday. Because the same unhinged leftists cheering last week's shooting are all backing Jon Ossoff. And if he wins, they win. Stop them. Stop them now. Stop Jon Ossoff. Stop Nancy Pelosi. Vote Karen Handel for Congress.
The video does not specifically identify anyone who was "applauding shooting Republicans."
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According to the Washington Examiner, Principled PAC is operated by Republican political consultant Reilly O'Neal, who reportedly is part of Tidewater Strategies, a firm based in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
Robert Cahaly, a senior strategist at The Trafalgar Group, an Atlanta-based firm, told Politico that President Donald Trump's handling of the congressional baseball shooting may bring in enough votes for Handel.
"I think it’s an interesting dynamic, and I’d like to see how that affects it," Cahaly said.
Matthew Towery, who runs the polling firm Opinion Savvy, had Ossoff ahead by a single point on June 16: "It’s all well within the margin of error. I’d say the preponderance of evidence suggests that Ossoff has a very, very slight lead. But it really is a coin flip right now."