Georgia's 6th Congressional District To Have A Runoff Election
Democrats, meanwhile, saw Handel - whose 55th birthday was Tuesday - as the Republican against whom they would fare the best, in part because of her conservative stances on social issues and attacks on Planned Parenthood.
Last week, a Democrat challenging for an open congressional seat in a deep-red district in Kansas fell short of an upset.
President Trump took late notice of the race as well, tweeting about it repeatedly over the last few days and cutting a robocall in the district to drive Republicans to the polls.
In second place in the special election, but lagging far behind with just under 20 percent of the vote, was Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state well known to voters.
Ossoff grew up in Georgia's Sixth District, born to a Jewish father and Australian mother. The special election, which was held after Congressman Tom Price was selected by Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, has received an inordinate amount of attention.
A US Democrat almost claimed outright victory in Tuesday's closely watched congressional primary in Georgia, heading to a run-off in a race Democrats tout as an early test of resistance to President Donald Trump. Democrats didn't even win a majority of the overall vote; Ossoff and the other Democratic and unaffiliated candidates got 94,087 votes in total (using Decision Desk HQ numbers), while Republicans combined for 97,997 votes, despite a lack of organization and resources dedicated to the special election.
Ossoff told supporters Tuesday night just before midnight that the results represented "a victory for the ages." .
WELKER: Ossoff raised more than $8.3 million, much of it from out-of-state donations, an unprecedented number for such a little-known candidate. "Bring it on!" he said.
Democrats argued that Ossoff's near win in the heavily Republican seat is a sign that they can put the House in play in 2018 - and need to do so by winning in well-educated suburbs. Indeed, if Ossoff wins, Republicans may start to distance themselves from Trump, as his potential victory could indicate that the president's reputation is harming the GOP's prospects for midterm Congressional elections.
Handel rarely if ever talked about Trump unless she was asked.
"To me what's wonderful is that we continue to see this level shift across the country, a 20-point swing, that puts about 123 Republican seats potentially in play". It hasn't elected a Democrat to the House of Representatives since the Carter administration, and it was Newt Gingrich's district when he was Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 1990s. And she'll now have to energize and turn out those voters who backed other Republican candidates. With 20 percent of the vote, she beat her main GOP rivals for the nomination - former state Sens.
I spoke to several Republican voters in the district who said they'd deserted the party since November.
The result Tuesday night tees up another hard-fought contest in June likely to draw even more national interest. She did not immediately get a nod from the conservative Club for Growth, a Washington organization that spent six figures attacking her as a big-spending "career politician".
In fact, Ossoff was surprisingly truthful - particularly in his first answer.
Republicans, meanwhile, have made their own attempts at nationalizing the race.
"This is not a story about me".
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