Racial dog-whistling a winning strategy in Georgia HD71 runoff

Above: screenshot from Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison’s Facebook page By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Army veteran and Tea Party favorite Philip Singleton took nearly 60 percent of the vote to win a Georgia House seat in Tuesday’s special election, defeating political newcomer and GOP establishment candidate Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison. Only 4,346 ballots were cast in the House District 71 special election runoff in eastern Coweta County and a small section of Peachtree City in Fayette. In Peachtree City, Singleton took 110 of only 167 votes cast. Sakrison started strong and faded early Sakrison, an educator and daughter of former Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, was considered the frontrunner early in the contest to serve out the unfinished term of David Stover, who resigned his…

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Special elections are tough, especially the day after a holiday

Jill Prouty did Dems proud and ran a great race in Georgia House District 71, winning Fayette with 50% plus, but GOP turnout in Coweta (most of the district) was higher. So it’s Singleton vs. Sakrison in the runoff, a choice between bad and just as bad. Dems had high turnout in 2017 specials, not since. Democrats need to build infrastructure out in state. See results

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Democrat shakes up House race in Atlanta’s southern suburbs: A look inside Jill Prouty’s campaign

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election Read the latest post: “Why does Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison fear the librarian?” After State Rep. David Stover resigned in June, Republicans in Coweta and Fayette counties thought they still had Georgia’s House District 71 all to themselves. But then a moderate who was fed up with the Party of Trump plunked down her $400 and joined the race to replace Stover. Now her MAGA opponents all have to worry about coming in third in the Sept. 3 primary and missing an Oct. 1 runoff, since Jill Prouty’s upstart campaign is gaining steam. The moderate Democrat offers a clear alternative to Republicans Nina Blackwelder, Philip Singleton, and Marcy Sakrison. Since there…

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Book ’em, Jill: In Georgia House race, Prouty stands alone in favor of common-sense gun safety laws

Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election Download the flyer:Jill Prouty Stands out I’m not against gun ownership,” Jill Prouty says. “But I want people to be educated about guns. They should know a family member is more likely to be shot than an intruder.” The Peachtree City library director is the only candidate in the Sept. 3 House Dristrict 71 special election who supports common-sense gun legislation, such as universal background checks. Recent polls show that a vast majority of Americans (and 84% of Republicans) approve of instituting background checks for sales at gun shows and other private sales. Even in the wake of mass shootings, all three Republicans in the race stand firmly with the gun lobby. “They are completely…

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