The Special Election in Georgia Is Heading to a Runoff

On Twitter this afternoon, President Donald Trump attacked Ossoff for not living in the district he's running to represent, saying that he just found out this fact.

As the clock winds down, Republicans expect their candidate in the runoff will either be Karen Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state, or Bob Gray, a businessman and former city councilman.

Furthermore, the combined vote for all Republican candidates will probably exceed the combined vote for Ossoff and other Democrats, although it should be close. The votes from Fulton, which trickled in right before midnight, pushed Ossoff below the 50% mark and confirmed the runoff. "Glad to be of help!". Although the sixth was considered safely Republican for decades and Price never faced serious opposition, Hillary Clinton almost won the district in November.

Most polls are preparing to close at 7 a high-profile Georgia congressional race where Democrats are bidding for a major upset in a historically conservative district.

There were 18 candidates vying to replace former GOP congressman Tom Price, who left his seat to became President Donald Trump's secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Because a true narcissist never rests, he even took the time to share his thoughts about the likely results of the election, taking credit for the results himself and spinning what was actually a loss for the Republicans into a win. Trump recorded robo-calls and tweeted seven times about the Georgia race in the days leading up to the election, urging Republicans to "get out and vote!"

A broader question is whether Ossoff's performance might signal the rise of an anti-Trump wave that Democrats can ride in their bid to reclaim the House of Representatives, which Republicans seized in 2010.

Ossoff has drawn volunteers and donors from out of state who see the race as a way to strike a blow against Trump.

Buzz around Ossoff has focused largely on Republicans' worry that his victory could have a chilling effect on congressional races in the midterm elections if Trump's approval ratings continue to stay low.

The election was an open primary, with 18 Republican and Democratic candidates running against one another. They saw his campaign, as well as a special House election last week in Kansas where a Democrat narrowly lost, as symbolic battlegrounds for their recovering party.

Republicans say they could beat Ossoff in a one-on-one contest. The suburban Atlanta district has drawn the attention of the political world for months, and both parties consider it the first true political referendum on Trump and congressional Republicans' performance in office. In the first quarter of 2017, Democrats raised more than $8 million for him.

Local Democratic leaders and liberal activists have coalesced behind Jon Ossoff, a former congressional staffer.

Democrats had hoped to upend the national political landscape with a stunning victory in this round of voting, rousing their demoralized party just five months after Trump won the White House and stoking a burgeoning anti-Trump movement across the country. The Ossoff campaign has spent more than $5 million on campaign ads, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

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