Ossoff Only Earned 1.3 Percent More Than Clinton In Georgia's 6th

Lauren Perry
April 21, 2017

However, winning the June 20 run-off election will be tougher for Mr Ossoff.

"National Right to Life is pleased to endorse Karen Handel, whose position on life reflects the true values of Georgia's voters", said Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director.

Still, the close finishes in Georgia as well as conservative Kansas underscored Democrats' potential to capitalize on surging liberal energy following Trump's election, even as they also pointed to the limits of how far Democrats can go in Republican-friendly districts.

Mr Ossoff grew up in the district and says he will move back if he wins. Mrs Handel could benefit from having served as a Georgia secretary of state and from her party coalescing around a single candidate. The nearest Republican was former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, who won just 19.8 per cent of the vote.

"First of all, Georgia's Sixth Congressional District - the fact that Jon Ossoff pulled in five or six points more than most Republicans thought that he would have, and Lindsey Graham said this is a wakeup call to the Republican Party, that there's a lot of moderates that need to emerge in the South to a greater degree that the Republican Party needs to pay attention to", a reporter said.

Republicans have controlled the seat for decades and Mr Trump won it by one percentage point in last November's presidential election. Mr Spicer said Mr Trump could campaign for her "if needed".

"The reaction has been that they nearly won - no, they lost", Mr Spicer insisted. "They spent $8.3 million dollars and threw everything including the kitchen sink at it, and lost".

"Obviously, we're very excited, and what happened last night is very encouraging", said Handel.

"Handel's challenge is to mobilise supporters of the other Republicans". GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, an ally of House leadership, said congressional Republicans must start showing they can lead after the failure of their health care legislation, or risk voters snatching away their majorities.

"I think this was a big loss for them".

"We defied the odds and shattered expectations - and we are ready to fight on and win in June".

Another congressional battle will play out late next month in conservative-leaning Montana, where voters will pick a replacement for Republican Ryan Zinke, who has become Trump's U.S. interior secretary.

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