Not in district? Georgia Dem candidate’s Election Day gets off to rocky start, only goes downhill from there

Election Day got off to a rather rocky start for Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff.

The Democratic candidate, running in the special election to represent Georgia’s 6th congressional district, has already had some challenging hiccups and got zinged by President Trump in a series of early morning tweets.

As Ossoff was welcomed to an interview by CNN on Tuesday, a campaign sign behind him bearing his name ominously flopped over to the delight of viewers.

Ossoff needs to get over 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special election as he seeks to replace Tom Price who left Congress to become President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. If he does not achieve the votes needed against the 11 Republicans running in the GOP-leaning district, Ossoff will have to face off against a single Republican opponent in a runoff election.

President Trump slammed the 30 year-old documentary filmmaker, saying he would be a “disaster in Congress” in an early morning tweet.

Ossoff seemed to “appreciate” Trump’s interest.

And if the earlier “sign” did not seem to bode well for the novice politician, Ossoff admitted an inconvenient truth to voters during a CNN segment.

Apparently Ossoff cannot cast a vote for himself in the special election because he is not actually a resident of the district.

“Well, I grew up in this district. I grew up in this community,” Ossoff replied to a question from CNN’s “New Day” co-anchor Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday. “No one knew there was going to be an election coming.”

“I’ve been living with my girlfriend, Alicia, for 12 years now down by Emory University where she’s a full-time medical student,” Ossoff continued. “And as soon as she concludes her medical training, I’ll be 10 minutes back up the street in the district where I grew up.”

As if it wasn’t awkward enough, Camerota then confronted the Democratic candidate with an embarrassingly personal question.

“So when are you going to marry her?” she asked.

Well, I don’t want to give anything away. But I think I can reasonably say that’s more of a personal question,” Ossoff replied. “I’ll give you a call when I have something to announce.”

Voters may or may not buy his reasoning on living outside of the district he wants to represent, but some think it could be an issue.

Looks like it will be a long day for the Democratic candidate.

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