While Ossoff declared "a victory for the ages", President Trump claimed a win for Republicans, who combined to win 50.5 percent of the votes. Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, did not mention Trump during a 10-minute speech on Tuesday night, according to local media.
Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff fall short in his bid to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia on Tuesday.
While Ossoff dominated the 18-candidate field on Tuesday, he will face much steeper odds in the June runoff now that Handel has the field to herself and Republicans are quickly coalescing behind her. If Ossoff had won at least 50%, he would have secured the seat outright.
The race was for the seat previously held by Republican Tom Price, who now serves as Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary. And Democratic leaders say they hope the energy he's stirred in the party's base will be a sign of things to come in next year's midterm elections.
Milano continued tweeting throughout the night, asking her followers to contribute to Ossoff's ongoing campaign and fighting President Donald Trump's assertion that Republicans were the big winners in the race.
The president weighed in on the high-stakes election earlier Tuesday, predicting "Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress. No, they lost!" Spicer said. On the strength of a solid majority of the 55,000 in-person early votes cast in the race, Ossoff was running slightly ahead of the 46.8 percent Hillary Clinton won in the district last November (itself a large increase over Barack Obama's 37.5 percent).
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Kidd had raised $15,500 in recent months but was left with only $1,600, according to his most recent fundraising reports . The Utah State Legislature did not pass a bill that would have addressed the intricacies of a special election.
"Jon Ossoff's first-place finish in ruby-red Georgia shows the huge opportunities for progressive candidates across the country", said Progressive Change Campaign Committee's Adam Green said in a statement.
Ryan's most notable failure came over the last few months when he was unable to bring his party - and the Republican president - together to achieve the repeal of Obamacare, something they have been promising to do for almost a decade.
An Ossoff win would not tip the balance of power in Washington but could weaken the already shaky hold Trump has on his fellow Republicans by encouraging lawmakers to distance themselves from him.
"I've been living with my girlfriend, Alisha, for 12 years now down by Emory University where she's a full-time medical student", Ossoff said.
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.
Republicans believe a two-candidate scenario will embolden conservative voters and make it harder for Ossoff to campaign above the fray as he has thus far.