Despite massive spending, Dems fail to take US House seat in Georgia

Toby Manning
April 21, 2017

Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Geor.

As they see it, a win in Georgia could jumpstart efforts to retake the House in 2018.

Trump also criticized the enthusiasm for Ossoff from people who don't live in Georgia's 6th congressional district.

"Karen Handel, living the high life", the commercial ends.

Republican Karen Handel is a former Georgia secretary of state who has allied herself with President Trump and is viewed as an establishment-friendly Republican. In a statement Wednesday morning, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called Handel a "big-spending, career politician".

"That's what we have to do because that's where we fell short in the past; we allowed our basic infrastructure to atrophy, and we have to build strong parties", he said.

And so, anything sort of describing that as a loss is - is sort of inconceivable to me in the sense that that's literally what they said their goal was to do.

A total of 97,937 votes were cast for the 11 Republicans in the race, compared with 93,911 for the five Democrat candidates (and a mere 176 votes for the two independent candidates).

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Around 9 a.m., the president tweeted that Democrats "failed" in the Kansas race and "are now failing in Georgia". Great job Karen Handel!

However, what is concerning is that why do Congressional Republicans perceive Ossoff as a threat and why did Trump want him to lose so badly? Or do they divert resources to the May 25 special election for a House seat in Montana-a state that actually elects Democrats?

More tests await in the weeks to come, with special elections approaching in Montana and SC in May and June. "I wonder if Donald Trump and she are going to campaign on that issue in her district", Perez said on CNN.

"We have a lot of wind at our back". Tonight's results are further proof that the grassroots energy we're seeing across the country can translate to electoral progress in every zip code.

Tuesday night, Democrat Jon Ossoff came in with 48.1 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent plus one he would have needed to avoid a runoff challenge. She's had a shaky record as a fundraiser, and hasn't won an election since 2006. Republicans have held the seat since 1979, and past occupants include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current Georgia Sen.

"The eyes of the nation will be watching", she said Tuesday night.

Trump bested Hillary Clinton in Fulton County and Cobb County in the 2016 presidential election.

Pete Korman, 6th District voter, said national enthusiasm for Ossoff has been frustrating to watch, but he thinks Handel will win voters in the 6th.

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