Democrats have gone into overdrive in an attempt to win the special election for a House seat in Georgia seen as an early referendum on President Donald Trump, The Hill reported on Monday.
Democrat Jon Ossoff's campaign has more than 12,000 volunteers going house-to-house and has surpassed half a million voter contacts ahead of the election against his Republican opponent Karen Handel on Tuesday for the suburban Atlanta district vacated by Tom Price when he became Health and Human Services secretary.
For many of the volunteers, this is the first time they have ever been involved in a campaign. The district is traditionally Republican, but Trump only narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in November, giving hope to the Democrats that, with the president's low approval ratings, they can flip the district.
The numerous polls conducted this month show a race too close to call. Although Ossoff is ahead of Handel in almost all of the surveys, the lead has been within the margin of error in nearly all of them, according to Politico.
Over the weekend, Ossoff had a much more intensive schedule of public events than Handel, and his pace is expected to increase even further on Monday, The Hill reported.
The much-hyped race has been the most expensive in House history, with some $50 million in total spending by the two sides, as national groups also have converged in large numbers on the Georgia district
It appears clear that turnout will be a major factor in who emerges victorious. There have been more than 140,000 people who have already voted, twice the number who cast a ballot early in the April primary.
"We're doing everything we can to make sure folks know when and where to vote and how," Ossoff said, according to The Hill.
"And making the case for fresh leadership given what's going on in Washington. And that sending another career politician to D.C. ain't going to change anything."
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