Georgia 6 Special: Club for Growth to Air TV Ad Against Handel

Nathan L. Gonzales March 28, 2017 · 12:00 PM EDT

Club for Growth Action is poised to air a television against initial GOP frontrunner Karen Handel beginning Wednesday in Georgia’s 6th District special election, according to a release first obtained by Inside Elections. 

It’s a $250,000 ad buy on Atlanta cable, according to a Club source, and scheduled to run through the initial April 18 election. If none of the 18 candidates receives a majority of the vote, the top two finishers move on to a June 20 runoff. The free-market outside group endorsed one of Handel’s 10 Republican opponents, businessman Bob Gray, on March 14. 

The 30-second ad, entitled, “Trees,” highlights Handel’s spending record as secretary of state and Fulton county commissioner (since she doesn’t have a legislative voting record).  

“Money doesn’t grow on trees,” says the narrator, “But don’t tell that to career politician Karen Handel.” 

“Handel voted to spend nearly $2 million planting trees to beautify government properties, the ad continues, “Jacked up spending 43% on her office budget, and paid her top crony 50% more. And Handel spent 200-grand on red-light cameras. Stop Karen Handel – a big-spending, career politician we can’t trust with our money.”

It’s the first negative ad against Handel that mentions her by name. Previous ads made references to…

Minnesota 1: Walz’s Gov Run Creates Vulnerable Open Seat

Nathan L. Gonzales March 27, 2017 · 1:30 PM EDT

It could be a rough round of midterm elections for Republicans next year but DFL Rep. Tim Walz gave them a little gift by vacating Minnesota’s 1st District in order to run for governor. 

The six-term congressman won re-election narrowly, 50.3-49.6 percent, last year in a race that received little…

What I Learned About Polling From a Georgia House Survey

Nathan L. Gonzales March 27, 2017 · 10:54 AM EDT

I was initially skeptical of a recent poll in the special election for Georgia’s 6th District, not because it utilized Interactive Voice Response, or IVR, technology or because it was conducted by a GOP-friendly firm or because a Democratic candidate was leading in a Republican-leaning district.…

Georgia 6 Special:Looking for a Fight

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Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

While some people are dreading the next elections, others are itching for a fight, and suburban Atlanta looks like ground zero for the next electoral battle. 

Democrats got knocked down in 2016, losing the White House and falling well short of expectations in the House and the Senate. But they’ve…