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Jane Richards
April 21, 2017

Democrats were hoping for a surprise win in Georgia, but they came up just short in Tuesday night's special election in a district held by Republicans for almost four decades. "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th", Trump wrote, alluding to celebrity donations that came in for Ossoff.

Democrat Jon Ossoff ended up as the top vote getter in a crowded field of 18 candidates vying to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives.

Obviously, Ossoff and his allies hoped to cross the 50% threshold yesterday and avoid a runoff, but the fact that he earned 48% of the vote is an impressive feat for a Democrat in a Republican district in a Republican state.

With the slogan "Make Trump Furious", Ossoff aims to galvanize opposition to a president struggling with an approval rating that has not topped 50 percent since he took office on January 20, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

The contest for the seat, vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, gained national attention as a referendum on the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.

Here's the takeaway from Tuesday's special election in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District: Democrats and Republicans have reasons to be concerned.

DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the 6th District offers the ideal setting for state and national Democrats to prove their momentum heading into 2018. Ms Handel did not mention Mr Trump during a 10-minute speech on Tuesday night, according to local media. "Glad to be of help!" the president tweeted, pointing to the large sums of money raised by donors outside the state of Georgia.

"It does tell you this is the kind of seat that Democrats would and should focus on", he told CNN. Party officials say they can beat Ossoff once the primary is over and they unite behind a single candidate. Trump had lent support to her through a series of tweets and robocalls.

CAMEROTA: I mean, very quickly, President Trump only won there by one percentage point. "They came up short", Spicer said during Wednesday's briefing. Ossoff's strong finish sends a strong message to the Republican Party that voters are already fed up with Trump's conflicts of interest and his lies.

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, with his girlfriend Alisha Kramer, after speaking to supporters in Atlanta as votes were being counted in a key Georgia congressional race, April 18, 2017. Last week, a House race in Kansas became unexpectedly competitive, with the GOP nominee defeating a Democrat by just seven points in a district Republicans won by more than 30 points in November.

Ossoff was quick to declare "a victory for the ages" for Democrats.

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