Republican challenger Karen Handel is expected to have an advantage in the runoff election scheduled for June 20 due to the fact that more voters supported Republicans than Ossoff at the polls Tuesday.
A Georgia congressional election is headed to a high-stakes runoff that's shaping up as a referendum on President Donald Trump ahead of crucial midterm elections next year.
Ossoff, a former congressional staffer and documentary filmmaker, ran on a pledge to "Make Trump Furious". Overall, only 29 percent of the country thinks Ryan is doing a good job - not great numbers for a guy Georgia Republicans are counting on to bring home a win in GA-06. "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff told supporters, adding that they'd "carry us to victory" in June.
"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia".
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Ossoff's campaign will also launch a series of clips promoting the former congressional aide Thursday, the newspaper reported.
The White House has claimed a special election in Georgia in which a young Democrat came first by nearly 30 points, was in fact a "big loss" for the party. "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th", Trump tweeted.
But, he added, "There's a real risk if Karen Handel too closely embraces Donald Trump that it will, in a sense, play into Ossoff's hand".
Handel finished second as the top Republican vote-getter. Former Rep. Tom Price vacated the seat earlier this year after being confirmed as secretary of health and human services.
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Liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org in a statement called Ossoff's first-place finish in the relatively wealthy, conservative Atlanta suburbs "a huge triumph for the Resistance and for progressives".
Part of what is fueling Democratic excitement about the race is that while Trump won Georgia by six percentage points, the district that Ossoff seeks to win supported Trump by barely one point over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Democrats "were clear going into this election", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
Ossoff benefited from a large Republican field of 11 candidates, some of whom emphasized their loyalty to Trump while others kept their distance.
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