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Ossoff Pressed on Living Outside District, Being Ineligible to Vote

CNN's "New Day"

By Cathy Burke   |   Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 04:11 PM

CNN pointed out to Georgia Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff he cannot vote for himself in Tuesday's special election – because he does not currently live in the House district for which he is running.

Video of the awkward exchange was posted on CNN's Twitter account and YouTube.

Ossoff – hoping to reach the necessary 50 percent threshold to earn the 6th Congressional District seat vacated by the new Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, R-Ga. – talked around the touchy residency issue during a moment of truth on CNN's "New Day."

"Well, I grew up in this district," Ossoff said, speaking from Sandy Springs, Ga. — some 15 miles north of Atlanta.

"I grew up in this community. No one knew there was going to be an election coming. I've been living with my Alicia, my girlfriend of 12 years, down by Emory University where she's a full-time medical student. And as soon as she concludes her medical training, I'll be 10 minutes back into the district where I grew up. But I want to support her in her career and do right by her."

Pressed on the fact remains he does not live in the district he wants to represent in Congress, Ossoff dug in.

"Well, I grew up in this district," he asserted. "I grew up in this community. It's my home. My family is still there. I'm a mile and a half down the street to support Alicia while she finishes medical school. I am proud to be supporting her career. As soon as she finishes her medical training, I'll be 10 minutes back up road where I grew up."

Ossoff faces a crowded field of Republicans – and scrutiny over his residency has intensified as the race has grown tighter in the GOP-leaning district, The Hill reported.

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