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Atlanta Mayor on Georgia Race: 'This Shouldn't Be Close'

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 04:50 PM

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, D-Ga., said Tuesday that although Georgia's vacant House seat is "within our reach," the race "shouldn't be close."

Reed appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," saying the 6th Congressional District "wants to send a message to President Trump that he has gone too far," and Democrats can "take this formula and spread it across the United States to districts that are far more competitive."

He delved into more detail on the district, which holds the northern suburbs of Atlanta.

"It's a very affluent district, but it's becoming increasingly diverse," he said.

"This is a seat that sent Newt Gingrich to the House as Speaker. This is the seat that sent Sen. [Johnny] Isakson to the United States Senate. And this is the seat that sent Secretary [Tom] Price to the president's administration.

"And a typical Republican should be winning this seat by 20-24 points. And, as we stand here right now, [Democrat] Jon Ossoff is winning it with 45-46 percent of the vote after President Trump won it by a point."

Reed added "something is definitely happening in the district and in Georgia, and it feels good here," and Ossoff's victory is "within reach."

"But no matter what happens today, it's going to be a strong win for Democrats. This district isn't in the 70 most competitive districts in the United States of America. And right now Jon Ossoff is winning it. So, we're not going to let the president or Republicans who spent $4 million attacking Jon Ossoff turn a win into a loss by raising the standards so high.

"This shouldn't be close. I shouldn't be on 'Morning Joe.' Y'all shouldn't even be talking about this race. And right now Jon Ossoff's going to win tonight, and then he's going to close it out."

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, D-Ga., said Tuesday that although Georgia's vacant House seat is "within our reach," the race "shouldn't be close."
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