With 100% of precincts reporting, Jon Ossoff has lost the runoff election to Karen Handel by 52.1% to 47.9%.
This is a heartbreaking loss for Democrats, for women, for young people, and for so many people who were inspired by intelligence, enthusiasm, decency, and solid democratic policies.
Kerwin Swint, chair of the political science department at Kennesaw State University, said "It was really all about the Republican candidate Karen Handel getting her Republican base to show up in force. That's what made the difference. Jon Ossoff was successful in eating into that base but obviously not quite enough to put him over the top."
It would have been a different story if the runoff election had not been so far removed from the primary. I'm convinced that Ossoff would have won if it had been held a month ago. Seven weeks is just too long, even though the law was changed to require it so that military service people stationed abroad would have time to send in ballots. With today's digital technology, there is another solution.
Jon had the momentum and the excitement, but the negative ads from outside superpacs that smeared Jon with lies and misinformation just wore everyone down over time.
I want to thank Jon and all his loyal and dedicated campaign staff. They did one hell of a job, restoring belief that a political campaign can be upbeat and good. That's why it hurts so much not to have that reinforced with a win.
But, you know what? The primary for the next election for this seat is only about nine months away.