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The Democratic Party  along with big-time donors, including notorious liberal Jane Fonda are hoping that they can score an upset in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district for Tom Price‘s former congressional seat despite the fact that the HHS secretary won by double digits in each of his elections between 2004 and 2016.

President Donald Trump targeted the leading Democratic candidate in the race, Jon Ossoff, in a tweet today:

Ossoff shot back at the “misinformed” Trump later in the day, and asserted that he’s “focused on bringing fresh leadership, accountability, and bipartisan problem solving to Washington.”

So how “super liberal” is the potential congressman? Leftist Mother Jones posted a Saturday article about Ossoff that revealed that “he started an alternative publication to the…[high school] newspaper, which he named the Great Speckled Pi in homage to a liberal underground Atlanta newspaper of the ’60s and ’70s.” It later highlighted that the candidate was “distraught” over Trump’s election in November 2016, and quoted a friend of his, who recounted, “I had never seen him so scared, so unsure.”

The publication also noted that “the Sixth District is deeply Republican, with a white, elderly, and affluent voter base, which may be hard to sway from their traditional voting habits.” Despite this, the district only narrowly went for Trump.

On the “protect[ing] criminals” part of Trump’s Tweet, Ossoff’s “priorities” page on his campaign website outlined that “violent crime, murder, rape, human trafficking, and corruption are rampant, while we spend billions locking up nonviolent drug offenders… Jon will work to reduce mass incarceration of nonviolent offenders, which punishes taxpayers and wastes American lives.”

The Democrat’s website underlined that on immigration, “America needs a strong border policy that protects American citizens and American jobs. We should welcome those strivers who, like our own forebears, seek the opportunity to work hard, play by the rules, and build better lives in America.”

Ossoff also vowed to “work in Congress to reduce the tax burden on small businesses and simplify small business tax filing. He will work to repeal wasteful, anti-competitive special interest subsidies that make it hard for entrepreneurs to raise capital, enter the market, create jobs, and compete with larger firms who have lobbyists in Washington.”

The Georgia politician, who once worked as a staffer for liberal Congressman Hank Johnson, did disclose some overtly left-wing positions on his “priorities” page. Ossoff promised that he will “defend women’s access to contraception and a woman’s right to choose and fight any legislation or executive action that would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women.” He later disclosed that he would “defend Planned Parenthood in Congress.”

The Democrat also claimed that “there is a clear scientific consensus that climate change is driven by human activity and that it threatens global prosperity, health, and security. This is not just the opinion of activists; it is the studied conclusion of our country’s distinguished scientists.”

If Ossoff, along with his fellow competitors, don’t obtain at least 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, there will be a runoff election in June. The Democrats don’t have much of a hope of winning in the deep-red district if he doesn’t win outright on the initial ballot.

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