Upstart Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff is in a statistical dead heat with Republican opponent Karen Handel in the closely-watched race to fill an open House seat in the Atlanta suburbs.
Ossoff has 49% of the vote to Handel’s 48%, according to the WSVB-TV/Landmark Communications poll taken this week -– meaning that it’s sure to be a nail-biter when constituents head to the polls on June 20.
“This race is neck and neck and our campaign is going to continue to work as hard as we ever have to ensure we don’t send another career politician to Washington,” Ossoff’s campaign said in a statement.
Ossoff came close to winning the seat outright in April, when he scored 48% of the vote in a divided field – falling just below the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff.
The seat was formerly held by current Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. The ultimate result there is seen as a portent of Democrats’ chance of retaking the House in 2018.