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After a dismal showing in 2020, Georgia Republicans are finally on the rebound.
The vote came back on Tuesday in a Georgia special election held over a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives with a landslide victory for the Republican candidate.
In a poll shift that greatly upset Democrats, Republican Devan Seabaugh won a decisive victory against Democrat Priscilla Smith in a crushing result of 26 percentage points, 63% to 37%. In 2020, Rep. Bert Reeves, a Republican, won only by 12% but left the seat to take a job at Georgia Tech, per the Daily Wire.
“While runoff elections historically have a lower turnout than the previous race, especially in a special election, both races had more voters turn out on Tuesday than they did four weeks ago. Nearly 2,000 more people voted in the Cobb-based House District 34 contest on Tuesday than last month. More than 1,000 additional voters cast ballots on Tuesday than last month in the House District 156 election in South Georgia,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“Some political operatives at first thought the Cobb County state House district could be an early test for suburban Atlanta Republicans after the state-supported Joe Biden for president in November and Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in January for the U.S. Senate, all Democrats,” the paper added.
Seabaugh won his landslide victory despite costly, all-out efforts by Democrat political engineer and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ voting group, Fair Fight, to support his opponent.
“On the day of the special election in June, Fair Fight posted observers at several polling sites. Heading into the final days of the runoff, Fair Fight released a digital attack on Seabaugh criticizing his support for Georgia’s new restrictive voting measure, gun rights expansions, and anti-abortion measures,” the Journal-Constitution reported.
According to the digital ad campaign, Seabaugh held “extreme positions on voting rights, reproductive freedom, and common-sense gun safety.”
In the GA HD-34 (in suburban Cobb county) Special Election runoff, EMT medic/business executive Devan Seabaugh(R) defeats educator/activist Priscilla Smith(D) by a 62.97%-37.03% margin in this Trump+3.9 district. pic.twitter.com/jYtkPaQsNl
— forse (@zhizhierbuzhier) July 14, 2021
Congratulations to Devan Seabaugh for keeping GA HD-34 in Republican hands! pic.twitter.com/2yr2y64JJs
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) July 14, 2021
Last night’s decisive results from #HD34 were a HUGE win for conservative values.
✅ R+7 swing from 2020
✅ Turnout +1,811 votes from the June 2021 general election
Cobb County voters soundly rejected the Left’s radical agenda and instead chose positive, pro-growth policies. pic.twitter.com/XKqZhgGD7q
— Greater Georgia (@GreaterGeorgia) July 14, 2021
These claims were not enough to sway Georgia voters to vote for his opponent.
“Instead of standing up for women’s fundamental rights, Seabaugh has pledged to support all bills that would eliminate the right to choose ‘without apology,” the attack campaign claimed.
Fair Fight described Priscilla Smith as follows:
Fair Fight is proud to stand with Priscilla Smith in her race to represent House District 34 in the Georgia House of Representatives. Throughout her life, Priscilla has been a tireless advocate for underrepresented communities from the classroom to the nonprofit sector. In the Georgia House of Representatives, Priscilla will fight to protect our nation’s democracy by working to end voter suppression for Georgians; making election day a national holiday; and expanding vote-by-mail.
If elected, Priscilla would work tirelessly for fair districts and an end to gerrymandering. Priscilla’s commitment to fair representation at the ballot box; her commitment to affordable healthcare and reproductive freedom; and her commitment to funding infrastructure and public education is why Fair Fight is proud to support her campaign.
Smith became infamous for her Trump Derangement Syndrome-related shenanigans in the Georgia State Capitol when she dressed up as President Trump last September, per a report from 11Alive.
“I’m the real Donna J. Trump,” said Smith to the press.
“I’m not the president; I’m the president’s worst nightmare. … on the other hand, he wakes up in the morning he sees all this beautiful femininity across the room from him; it’s his wildest dream. … I’m a very stable genius. I get a lot of sun. I play a lot of golf. I use a lot of sunscreens but I just tan beautifully naturally. I’ve always been like that. … With all of this, everybody wants a piece of this. So I have to ask you please, keep your hands to yourself. I understand; it’s very tempting. But, you know, lay off.”