Meghan McCain jabs celebrity action in Georgia special election

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Cindy McCain ‘disappointed’ McGrath used image of John McCain in ad attacking McConnell Report that Bush won’t support Trump reelection ‘completely made up,’ spokesman says MORE (R-Ariz.), needled celebrities on Tuesday for trying to help Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff turn Georgia’s 6th District blue.

“All of the celebrities supporting Ossoff is going to make a huge difference. That was Hillary’s problem, not enough celebrity endorsements,” McCain tweeted a few hours before polls closed in the race to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. 

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Democrats have cast Tuesday’s vote as a referendum on President Trump and his administration’s policies.

Ossoff is the clear Democratic favorite in Georgia and has repeatedly invoked Trump in his campaign ads and fundraising pitches. He faces candidates from both parties in a “jungle primary” and needs 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff with the second-highest vote-getter.

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The race has drawn intense outside attention, with more than a dozen celebrities donating to Ossoff’s campaign.

Comedian Chelsea Handler gave the maximum $2,700 allowed under law, while actor Samuel L. Jackson aided Ossoff by appearing in a campaign ad for him last week.

Ossoff has a record $8.3 million from nearly 200,000 donors, with 95 percent of his contributions coming from out of state.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Ossoff’s campaign while urging Republican voters in Georgia to turn out against the Democratic candidate.

“Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress,” he tweeted earlier Tuesday. “VERY weak on crime and illegal immigration, bad for jobs and wants higher taxes.”

“Republicans must get out today and VOTE in Georgia 6. Force runoff and easy win!” he wrote in a separate tweet. “Dem Ossoff will raise your taxes – very bad on crime & 2nd A.”

Experts predict Ossoff’s best chance at victory is Tuesday should voters fail to coalesce around one Republican in the crowded field there.

If no candidate reaches the 50 percent threshold, there will be a runoff between the two top finishers in June.

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