Democrat closes in on Congress seat in Georgia

Owen Stevens
April 21, 2017

"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia", Trump tweeted, referring to last week's congressional race in a Wichita suburb where the Democrat fell short of an upset.

Republicans are so desperate to hold onto the house seat in Georgia's 6th congressional district that they are sending unpopular House Speaker Paul Ryan to campaign for GOP candidate Karen Handel.

Republican Karen Handel has kept her distance from Trump.

Ossoff has crafted his campaign around resisting Trump.

Ossoff narrowly missed winning the election outright when he finished with just under 50-percent.

Democrats heavily pushed Ossoff before Tuesday's vote, casting the race as a referendum against President Trump in hopes of turning the reliably red district blue. Democrats are also looking to build momentum heading into next year's midterm elections.

Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, lagged in a distant second, qualifying her for the runoff.

The election has been closely watched throughout the country and is widely considered to be an early popularity test for President Donald Trump .

"BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia". Or do they divert resources to the May 25 special election for a House seat in Montana-a state that actually elects Democrats?

Handel does need the president's backing, Bullock said.

Part of what is fueling Democratic excitement about the race is that while Trump won Georgia by six percentage points, the district that Ossoff seeks to win supported Trump by barely one point over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"It does tell you this is the kind of seat that Democrats would and should focus on", he told CNN. The Dunwoody retiree and Handel volunteer says Republicans were too cautious in the primary for fear they'd "step on toes". Handel, the leading republican, came away with almost 20 percent. Mr Spicer said Mr Trump could campaign for her "if needed". "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff told supporters, adding that they'd "carry us to victory" in June.

The runoff victor will succeed Republican Tom Price, who resigned to join Trump's administration as health secretary.

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