Democrats Turn on Ossoff

Democrats Turn on Ossoff

Democrats Turn on Ossoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff, 30, nearly turned a GOP stronghold blue Tuesday night in a special election to see who will take over Georgia's 6th Congressional District, CBS News reports.

President Donald Trump said he was "glad to be of help" after a Democrat failed to win 50% of the vote in a Georgia election.

Ossoff will face Republican candidate Karen Handel in a runoff election in June.

Ultimately, roughly a dozen Republican candidates received a combined 51 percent of the vote on Tuesday, while Ossoff and four other Democratic candidates received 49 percent.

Republicans have controlled the seat for decades and Mr Trump won it by one percentage point in last November's presidential election. The election is being held to fill the seat previously held by Tom Price, who is now the secretary of health and human services.

Both major parties are approaching the runoff in Georgia as an important test ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrats, searching for answers at a time when they are shut out of power in Washington, found a unifying figure in Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who campaigned on a promise to "Make Trump Furious".

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Trump in the final days of the campaign appeared to perceive the damage an Ossoff win would do to a presidency scoring historically low approval ratings and with an agenda that has been stymied by the courts and Congress. Ms Handel did not mention Mr Trump during a 10-minute speech on Tuesday night, according to local media. And I think it's important in this district.

"We want everybody who is supportive of Republicans, so absolutely", Handel told The Associated Press after taking a congratulatory call from Trump Wednesday morning. Handel came in second with just shy of 20 percent of the vote.

A GOP state senator in Georgia recently said the 6th district's lines "were not drawn" to elect a Democrat, and yet, there was Ossoff, forcing Republicans to spend millions of dollars they didn't expect to invest in order to barely keep him below 50%. But this week, Trump has sent a series of tweets critical of Democrat Ossoff.

But Perez on Wednesday said Trump was celebrating too early, and the prevailing breezes still blew in Ossoff's direction for the June contest.

Having already endured several million in attacks from national Republican outfits, Ossoff said he's ready for more. Or just a minor setback for Republicans, who can still hold the seat in the June runoff?

Handel moved quickly to unite her fractured party, drawing immediate endorsements from some of her fellow GOP candidates and national party leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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