Novice Democrat tops Georgia race, but faces runoff

Novice Democrat tops Georgia race, but faces runoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff to decide Georgia's 6th Congressional District Special Election. "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th", Trump tweeted.

Democrat Jon Ossoff almost won Tuesday night's special election outright thanks largely to voters angry over the presidency of Donald Trump.

Tuesday's election also narrowed the crowded field of eleven Republican candidates down to just one: moderate Republican Karen Handel, who is heavily favored to win in a district that hasn't sent a Democrat to Congress since 1979.

The question was whether Ossoff, a 30-year-old owner of an investigative film company, could win more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday. Former Rep. Tom Price vacated the seat earlier this year after being confirmed as secretary of health and human services. The more than $14 million spent on ads ahead of Tuesday's special election is just the beginning of a proxy fight between national Republicans and Democrats in what could be the most expensive special election on record. After a better-than-expected balloting in a Kansas special election last week, Democratic leaders said they'll gear up for a special congressional election in Montana. I don't know any of these people really well, but the nominee from the Republicans has lost several races before in Republican primaries. Crediting himself, Trump added, "Glad to be of help!"

Demographic changes have made Georgia's affluent 6th Congressional District more competitive for Democrats. But 4,000 votes and it would have been really big news I think we would be talking about today.

That attention has unnerved some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, who attacked Ossoff via his Twitter account.

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Trump won the district by only 1.5 percentage points in November against Democrat Hillary Clinton, who drew support from its many college graduates.

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) - A narrow miss by a Democratic newcomer in a conservative Georgia House district has triggered a high-stakes runoff that could test President Donald Trump's influence and the limits of the backlash against him.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump would campaign in Georgia for Handel "if needed" but dismissed the race as overhyped.

In an email early Wednesday morning, Ossoff confirmed he is moving on to the runoff election, "This is already a remarkable victory".

Georgia's Sixth Congressional District has historically consistently elected Republican candidates.

Now, after forcing the front-runner into a June 20 runoff, Republicans are vowing to unite and defeat the Democrats' chosen candidate in two months.

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