Brace Yourselves, the Special Election Spin Is Coming

The upcoming special congressional election in Georgia’s sixth district being so close is that it scrambles the traditional preemptive spin that both parties deploy before a special election. After a special election, the winning side claims it is a harbinger; the losing side insists it is a meaningless fluke, a confluence of unusual circumstances and low turnout. But because tomorrow’s race is so close, neither party knows which spin to pre-deploy. Are special elections often omens or signals of a wave election to come? The short answer is, “it depends.” Up until May 19, 2010, one could have looked at the
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Author: Jim Geraghty