On the cover of New York Magazine’s April 3–16, 2017 issue, Washington correspondent Olivia Nuzzi profiles Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old, overachieving Democrat who is running his first campaign for Newt Gingrich’s old congressional seat in Georgia. Nuzzi looks at the campaign as a Trump-backlash trial balloon that might tell us just how much the president has reshaped the electoral map — or how much harder Democrats need to work. The issue also includes dossiers on 30 House seats the Democrats have their eye on, and 9 they need to protect; a profile of New York’s junior senator Kirsten Gillibrand where she discusses her resistance, losing faith in congress, and what on earth we do now; and more.
“The cover reflects the excitable state of mind many Democrats find themselves in this spring — as they invest their dollars and their dreams in Jon Ossoff’s special-election race in Georgia: a bid to take Tom Price’s vacated seat,” says New York print editor Jared Hohlt. “And that race has them thinking even harder about the 2018 midterms, which they hope could turn into a blue landslide. Amid all the Trump-related despair is this sudden burst of energy.”