Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

House Election-Georgia story

House Election-Georgia story

If Ossoff fails to win an outright majority of the vote in Georgia's 6th District, he will enter a June 20 runoff with one of the 11 Republicans in the race.

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

The victor replaces Republican Tom Price, who stepped down to serve as Mr Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services.

In what was touted by the media as a possible rebuke to the Trump presidency and a foreshadowing of a tough midterm election, the Georgia sixth congressional district election instead disappointed Democrats and allowed President Trump to declare victory Tuesday. Ossoff and Handel will face off in a June runoff election. But she tweeted Wednesday morning that the President had called her.

Ossoff and Handel will now compete in a runoff on June 20.

Mr Ossoff raised more than $8m in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election, much of it coming from major Democratic donors located outside of Georgia.

Republicans in the race are split among Trump supporters and candidates trying to hold the president at arm's length.

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But he received tremendous support from national Democrats who saw the race as an early bellwether of how the party will do in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Roberts pressed him further over how close Ossoff came to winning the election outright yesterday due to how close he came to 50%.

Special elections will hold particular importance for Democrats this year, as Republicans now control both the House and Senate. Ossoff and Handel were two of 18 candidates vying for the seat. I'll go to Washington to do nothing. "They were clear going into this election that their goal was to get over 50 per cent, so they came up short", said Mr Spicer.

As for whether Trump will campaign with Handel, Spicer said: "We'll see if we're needed".

Greg Blustein, a political reporter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, said Ossoff's pledge to stand up to Trump resonates with voters.

At the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer tried to do exactly that.

Trump criticised Ossoff on Twitter and said in a robocall that the Democrat would "raise your taxes, destroy your healthcare, and flood our country with illegal immigrants". Trump only won the suburban Atlanta district by one point in November, however, giving Democrats hope that they could channel anti-Trump energy into a victory there.

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