Don’t Believe the Hype About Jon Ossoff

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There’s a hell of a lot riding on Democrat Jon Ossoff’s virgin bid for elected office. The 30-year-old former congressional aide and documentary filmmaker is running in a special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District—a seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and recently vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. This affluent suburban district outside Atlanta used to be solidly Republican—it hasn’t sent a Democrat to Congress since 1979, and Mitt Romney carried the district by 23 points in 2012—but Hillary Clinton nearly beat President Donald Trump there in last November’s election. Now, buoyed by a record $8.3 million in fundraising thanks to help from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other national Democrats, Ossoff