What to watch for next in the Georgia special election

What to watch for next in the Georgia special election

Democrats claimed a partial victory over President Donald Trump, as first-time candidate Jon Ossoff secured enough votes Tuesday in Georgia's traditionally Republican 6th Congressional District to advance to a June run-off election. The former Georgia Secretary of State is most infamous for being forced to resign from the Susan G. Komen after seeking to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Johnny Isakson. Price won 62 percent of the vote in November, and Democrats pointed to Ossoff's success in cutting into the GOP's most recent showing as evidence the Democrat can win the runoff. When Price gave up the seat to join Donald Trump's cabinet, the question wasn't whether he'd be replaced by a Republican, but rather, which one. Republicans have held the seat since 1979, and past occupants include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current Georgia Sen.

Ossoff, also a former congressional staffer, drew endorsements from the national party and from veteran Georgia Congress members, including the civil rights giant Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., for whom Ossoff once interned. And while Handel tweeted thanking Trump for a call after last night's election, it's unclear whether his involvement is more of a help or a hindrance for her prospects - and other Republicans in tough races.

Earlier Wednesday, at 12:09 a.m. after major news organizations had called the race, the president fired off a tweet saying despite a haul of "outside money" and "FAKE media support" amid a crowded GOP field, Handel had pulled off a "BIG "R" win". Ossoff, who grew up in the district, says he will move back if he wins. But there were numerous Republicans in the race, and in aggregate they secured 51 percent, compared to 49 percent for Democrats, a sign Ossoff has a challenge before him to flip the district.

US reviews 'failed' Iran nuclear deal
The Trump administration, however, has "no intention of passing the buck to a future administration". Administration officials have made clear in recent days that they are very focused on Iran.

Ossoff focused his campaign on a promise to "Make Trump Furious". Ossoff's total fell short of the required 50 percent to avoid a runoff, but political analysts considered it somewhat of a coup for a 30-year-old Democrat who has never held political office and describes himself as liberal. I don't know any of these people really well, but the nominee from the Republicans has lost several races before in Republican primaries.

Meanwhile, Ossoff is celebrating his near victory. He attracted young voters who want to challenge Trump by getting support from Hollywood celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson, Chelsea Handler and Alyssa Milano.

The Georgia congressional seat is attracting so much attention also because it has been the Republicans' since the late 1970s - and a candidate as strong as Ossoff is definitely a threat to them.

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