Seth Meyers filmed Late Night before the congressional election was over on Tuesday, but that didn’t keep the host from imagining the outcome of the high stakes race between Republican Karen Handel and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.
Georgia’s fifth district held the special election to replace Tom Price, Trump’s pick to head Health and Human Services, but the race was pegged as a barometer for whether Trump has started to turn typically right-leaning districts away from the Republican side.
Of course, we now know that Karen Handel won the election, but at the time of filming, Meyers brought on Democratic strategist Ben Holland (played by a Late Night writer), to discuss the results of the election as if Ossoff won, and again if Ossoff lost.
If he won, Holland would have said, “It is not an overstatement to say that the political world was turned on its head tonight” and “anything short of victory would have been a disappointment.” If he lost, the story would have been, “We always knew this was going to be a long shot. The fact that Jon Ossoff was even competitive was a major win for the Democratic Party.”
If he won: “This election was always going to be a referendum on the disastrous presidency of one Donald J. Trump.”
If he lost: “This election was always about the local issues and the people of Georgia. To extrapolate some broader national message would simply be foolish.”
This guy can spin anything. Watch the clip to see what Seth asked him next.