"There is no amount of dark money, super PAC, negative advertising that can overcome real grassroots energy like this." - John Ossoff
Yes. The Democrat candidate with $8.3 million coming from outside of his district, even his state, said this.
Last night Georgia's 6th District flooded polls in the most heavily advertised election since Trump took the White House. A nationally-organized Democrat opposition brought itself upon the unsuspecting GA-6 citizens in momentous effort, and with all of the political capital they could muster. Unfortunately for them, no amount of outside help could have given John Ossoff a resounding victory. Prior to Georgians hitting the polls, the liberal hive-mind had media, donors, and celebrities pouring support into Ossoff's campaign as if it were the last place of viability for the Democrat Party.
At first glance this race should have been in the bag for Democrats. In total, Ossoff had over $8,300,000 sent his way from outside donors, not including the free marketing he received by national sources. This is unheard of for a small district in Georgia that normally accrues only $10,000 for its Democratic candidates. He also had a packed Republican ticket with nearly a dozen candidates to segregate their influence in this race. Considering the full weight of the Democrat Party fell on top of the small GA-6 district under these conditions and still couldn't pull off a victory should worry those who support him.
Of course, most Democrats are publicly celebrating Ossoff's near-victory as if he has already been confirmed. Scrolling through Twitter last night would have most people assume that Ossoff was the decided victor even before 50% of the results were released. National media outlets joined this bandwagon and quietly retreated later on when realizing they may have let their excitement get the best of them. To me, these signs are eerily reminiscent of this past November: Hillary out-spending Trump 2 to 1, and the media acted like Falcons fans during the 3rd Quarter of Superbowl 51.
So what does this mean for the big picture?
Democrats are not operating strategically and clearly not interested in reforming their party after 8 years of being largely denied by the American people from the Presidency down to County offices. That should be their biggest priority, as over the years they have become increasingly more liberal while Republicans have been solid on issues for as long as we can remember. They have doubled down on using big money and political capital to win them seats instead of finding an identity that connects with the average American.
What I find most interesting is that the Democrat Party considers these races winnable solely because of their disgust for our President. So far that has not produced any viable rationale whatsoever, and here's why: There have been 6 congressional races thus far and only one seat has flipped, to the GOP no less. They blame Trump for everything that they see wrong with their situation instead of acknowledging that they are responsible for their own legacy and failures. We should not expect this mentality to change in the foreseeable future.
Whatever comes of the GA-6 runoff has yet to be seen. However, Democrats are going to have a significantly difficult time giving Ossoff a winning edge in a head-to-head election with a Republican candidate. All of their resources were put into this race with nothing to show for it other than an extended expiration date.