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Georgia 6th District Poll: Ossoff, Handel Pulling Away As Special Election Nears

According to polls, Democrat Jon Ossoff, left, and Republican Karen Handel are the front-runners in a special election to replace Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. (Twitter)

With just weeks to go, the race to replace Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional district is heating up.

A new poll released March 24 showed Democrat Jon Ossoff leading the 18-candidate field and former Republican Secretary of State Karen Handel in second — top among all Republicans in the race.

Georgia Republican state Sen. Judson Hill, who has the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida) polled at 9.5 percent.

The special election is set to take place April 18 to find a replacement for Price, who was confirmed as the secretary of the Health and Human Services department. The election has received national attention, as it’s largely considered as one of the first referendums on President Donald Trump‘s administration and policies.

Notably, the district hasn’t elected a Democrat to the seat since 1965 (Jon J. Flynt Jr.), so the early polling numbers come are a bit alarming to the GOP.

The poll, performed by research firm Opinion Savvy on behalf of Fox 5 Atlanta and released March 24, shows Ossoff receiving 39.8 percent support while Handel was in second at 19.9 percent. Republican councilman Bob Gray was third with 10.4 percent.

Here are the full results of the poll:


Abroms — 1.6 percent
Bhuiyan — 0.0 percent
Edwards — 0.6 percent
Grawert — 0.0 percent
Gray — 10.4 percent
Handel — 19.9 percent
Hernandez — 0.0 percent
Hill — 9.5 percent
Keatley — 0.0 percent
Kremer — 0.1 percent
LeVell — 0.4 percent
Llop — 0.3 percent
Moody — 8.0 percent
Ossoff — 39.8 percent
Pollard — 0.4 percent
Quigg — 0.2 percent
Slotin — 1.3 percent
Wilson — 1.8 percent
Undecided — 5.8 percent


The poll is also the first to offer initial perspective on a likely runoff election, which would take place June 20. It found a large percentage of undecided voters and an extremely tight race between Ossoff and Handel, if those would be the two campaigning against each other.

Here’s a look at some of the early runoff election projections:


Ossoff vs. Handel In Runoff Election

Ossoff — 42.4 percent
Handel — 41 percent
Undecided — 16.6 percent


If the race were to feature Ossoff against Gray, it’s also a tight race.

Ossoff vs. Gray In Runoff Election
Ossoff — 44.3 percent
Gray — 42.3 percent
Undecided — 13.4 percent


If Ossoff were to face Hill in a runoff, the poll said that the Republican is ahead by a slim margin.

Ossoff vs. Hill In Runoff Election
Hill — 44.6 percent
Ossoff — 44.2 percent
Undecided — 11.2 percent

Jon Ossoff: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

With a special election in Georgia’s 6th district set for April 18, Democratic newcomer Jon Ossoff is one of the leading candidates.

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PHOTOS & VIDEOS: I-85 Freeway Fire & Collapse in Atlanta

A fire has caused the dramatic collapse of an Interstate 85 (I-85) overpass in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to WSB-TV, “Witnesses say troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. Minutes later, the bridge collapsed.”

Traffic came to a halt on the busy freeway as firefighters battled the fire on March 30. One reporter wrote on Twitter shortly before the collapse of the overpass, “Massive Fire 85 N Bound. Witnesses say Troopers turning all cars around witnesses say concern about integrity of bridge live on @wsbtv now.”

People expressed shock on social media.

CNN reported that a section of the bridge had “collapsed in flames.” Aerial views showed thick black smoke obscuring a portion of the freeway.

Motorists stuck in cars expressed shock and posted videos and photos to social media.

Thick black smoke billowed into the sky. USA Today reported that “Flames are erupting underneath an Atlanta interstate as black smoke is billowing under all sides. Local officials are on the scene and working to determine a cause.”

Here are more images from the scene:

Drivers were left stranded:

A portion of I-85 was reportedly gone.

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Some people couldn’t resist making jokes:

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Basil Eleby: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Three people are in custody in the fire that caused the dramatic collapse of an Interstate 85 (I-85) overpass in Atlanta, Georgia, according to WSB-TV.

WSB-TV reported that Basil Eleby was charged “with first degree criminal damage to property and two others are charged with criminal trespass.”

The other two suspects were named as “Sophia Bruner, charged with criminal trespass; and Barry Thomas, charged with criminal trespass,” by AJC.com. The bridge fire snarled traffic and spurred dramatic videos on March 30. The television station reported that Eleby and the other two suspects are in custody “in connection” with the fire.

Tensions were running high.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Authorities Allege That Eleby Started the Fire & Troopers Told Cars to Turn Around Right Before the Bridge Collapsed

Authorities allege that Eleby is the suspect who started the blaze, reported AJC.com, which quoted Jay Florence, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Insurance, as saying: “We believe they were together when the fire was set and Eleby is the one who set the fire.”

According to WSB-TV, “Witnesses say troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. Minutes later, the bridge collapsed.”

News11 confirmed the arrests and reported, “Officials still don’t know what materials fueled the destructive fire, but investigators indicate that the three people…are connected to the fire.”

That television station reported that the state Fire Marshal and the Atlanta Fire Department both confirmed the arrests but said the suspects were not yet identified as news first broke.

Traffic came to a standstill on the busy freeway as firefighters battled the fire on March 30. One reporter wrote on Twitter shortly before the collapse of the overpass, “Massive Fire 85 N Bound. Witnesses say Troopers turning all cars around witnesses say concern about integrity of bridge live on @wsbtv now.”


2. The Three Suspects Might Be Homeless & Videos & Photos Captured the Fire & Collapse

Authorities were saying little about the three under arrest, reported AJC, as they were being interrogated. However, they did say that they believe the suspects used “available materials” at the site and “may have been homeless,” the newspaper reported.

People expressed shock on social media.

CNN reported that a section of the bridge had “collapsed in flames.” Aerial views showed a thick black smoke plume obscuring a portion of the freeway.

Motorists stuck in cars expressed shock and posted videos and photos to social media.


3. Eleby Has an Extensive Criminal History & Was Previously Arrested 19 Times

Eleby appears to have a criminal history with multiple previous mugshots, according to Mugshots.com. ABC News reported that all three suspects were in the Fulton County Jail, and that they were interrogated throughout the day, although authorities have not said yet what led them to the trio.

According to 11Alive.com, Fulton County Jail records show Basil Eleby “had been arrested 19 times before for drug, battery, assault and other charges. An April 2014 mugshot shows Eleby after he was arrested for charges related to the sale and trafficking of cocaine.”

Thick black smoke billowed into the sky as the blaze erupted. USA Today reported that “Flames are erupting underneath an Atlanta interstate as black smoke is billowing under all sides. Local officials are on the scene and working to determine a cause.”

Drivers were left stranded:

A portion of I-85 had collapsed.


4. The Stretch of Road Is One of the Busiest in the United States

According to NBC News, the months it could take to repair the bridge could be a major traffic headache. That’s because the road is “one of the busiest stretches of roadway in America,” NBC reported.

“More than 225,000 vehicles travel through the affected area on an average weekday,” according to NBC.


5. The Repairs Will Take Months to Complete

As of March 31, authorities have said very little about the arrests.

According to WREG, officials say it could take months to repair the bridge.

This story will be updated with more information about Eleby and the other suspects as it becomes known.


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