US Democrats aim to 'Make Trump Furious' in Georgia election

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Reuters) - For U.S. President Donald Trump, an off-year congressional election on Tuesday in the reliably Republican northern suburbs of Atlanta could spell trouble if Democratic upstart Jon Ossoff pulls off a surprise victory. He didn't-and the top four candidates, led by Mandel with 20 percent, garnered, if you round off the pecentages, a fat 58 percent of the votes. That's not to mention that there will be a different level of voter turnout for the runoff.

"I think it should be noted that the two candidates who were most vocal about their support of Trump and their eagerness to get to Congress to support his agenda without asking any questions were Bruce Levell and Bob Gray, and neither one of those candidates are going to be in the runoff", Chip Lake, a Georgia Republican strategist, said in an interview. "This president got 306 electoral votes", he explained.

Both parties see the race as a test, an early indicator of what lies ahead in the 2018 congressional mid-term elections so Democrats have been trying to make it a referendum on the president.

Democrat Jon Ossoff drew 48.1 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election, just shy of the 50 percent needed to win the most closely watched US congressional race since Trump took office in January. "We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June".

"We have an incredible chance here, an extraordinary moment for Georgia", Ossoff told campaign volunteers as they headed out for a final round of door-knocking on Monday afternoon.

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Labour's chances of winning the general election are looking slim after a YouGov poll gave the Conservatives a 24 point lead. She came to power when the previous Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down after the Brexit vote past year .

"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

"I'd rather be Jon Ossoff than Karen Handel right now", Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, told CNN. "The progressive energy out there is palpable".

"This is already a victory for the ages", Ossoff told supporters gathered at an election night rally just before midnight, when vote totals from one county experiencing technical problems had yet to come in.

Trump took late interest in the election to fill the old House seat of Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price in recent days, tweeting repeatedly about it and recording a robocall calling on Republicans to turn out for the race.

While Democrats can savor the moral victory of almost snatching a seat outright in a Republican stronghold, they will need to translate anti-Trump fury and substantial fundraising into concrete ballot-box results if they are to mount a viable comeback.

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