Democrat fails to avoid run-off in Georgia election, Trump declares victory

Candice Alexander
April 21, 2017

"It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, congratulating former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel for managing to claw her way into a runoff after Democrat Jon Ossoff finished with 48% of the vote, just shy of the 50% he needed for an outright victory.

In order to do so, the party will have to capture at least 25 Republican seats, an endeavor that could lead through a district like Georgia's 6th - where voters have traditionally leaned Republican, but are not sold on the president's agenda.

The poster at rightscoop.com commented on the discussion: "I love how confident Handel is during the interview and how she quickly points out to the CNN host that the Republicans combined got 52 percent of the vote, so if there had only been one Republican, Ossoff would have "lost his Oss".

On ABC World News Tonight, Anchor David Muir was still enamored with Ossoff's performance in the race.

Democrat Jon Ossoff almost won Tuesday night's special election outright thanks largely to voters angry over the presidency of Donald Trump. He raised a stunning $8.3 million in the first three months of the year, fueling a robust campaign. "I do not think that gay relationships are-they are not what God intended" and that she also opposed adoption by gay parents.

"BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia".

While some polling suggests Ossoff still stands a chance at winning the seat, the task in front of him now is a much steeper climb than what he has faced up to this point. The nearest Republican was former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, who won just 19.8 per cent of the vote.

DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the district offers the flawless setting for Democrats to prove their momentum heading into 2018.

Leaders in both major parties agree the race offers a prime test run for 2018 elections, because the affluent, well-educated Georgia district is replete with the kind of voters Democrats must attract to reclaim a House majority and win more gubernatorial and Senate races.

Trump and top Republicans pointed to high-profile liberals and out-of-state Democratic groups funneling millions of dollars into a race showcasing their effort to nick the president and his party, only to come up short. "And to do that, strangely enough, you have to govern". "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff told supporters, adding that they'd "carry us to victory" in June.

More tests await in the weeks to come, with special elections approaching in Montana and SC in May and June.

Werner reported from Washington.

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