By Gabriel Debendetti (Politico) –
MARIETTA, Ga. — In the final hours before voters go to the polls in Georgia’s special election Tuesday, national attention focused on a polarizing ad that almost no one in this Atlanta-area district saw — a cable television spot that ties Democrat Jon Ossoff to the “violent left” in the wake of last week’s shooting of GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
It’s a fitting conclusion to a race that’s been nationalized from the start.
Both campaigns were quick this weekend to condemn the ad, which was backed by only a small, five-figure buy and buried amid a massive flood of other television ads. But it attracted widespread publicity in a contest that’s evolved into a referendum on the early months of Donald Trump’s presidency.