Georgia election: Republicans stave off snub to Trump

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He garnered 48 percent.

(AP Photo/David Goldman). A voter casts a ballot in a special election in Atlanta, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), who represents Michigan's 12th Congressional District, took some time during her break to talk with Stephen Henderson on Detroit Today. But this week, Trump has sent a series of tweets critical of Democrat Ossoff.

But Trump weighed in too, and House Speaker Paul Ryan's super PAC was instrumental in holding off Ossoff.

Democrat Jon Ossoff, 30, nearly turned a GOP stronghold blue Tuesday night in a special election to see who will take over Georgia's 6th Congressional District, CBS News reports.

Despite Mr Ossoff's better-than-expected performance, the Republican party is expected to mount a much stronger campaign for the run-off in June, and is likely to back Ms Handel, a former secretary of state for Georgia.

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Trump was heavily invested in the race and in a tweet claimed victory, although Ossoff could still win in the runoff. "We're united behind me, and I absolutely am confident that Republicans are going to answer, and we're going to be ready to be highly competitive in this district". "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th", Trump wrote, alluding to celebrity donations that came in for Ossoff. 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.

Democrats were hoping to ride an anti-Trump wave to take the seat held by Republicans for more than 40 years.

Heading into Tuesday, 18 candidates were competing - 11 Republicans, five Democrats and two independents.

At the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer tried to do exactly that. That left the Republicans in the race ambivalent about how tightly to embrace him; the most devoted of them fared badly. Motivating the same voters - many of whom backed other Republicans in the primary - to support Karen Handel may prove problematic when there is so little room for error.

Last Tuesday it was a special election in Kansas where the Republican candidate did just enough to win.

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"I think she will embrace Trump. And to do that, strangely enough, you have to govern". "They said that their goal was to get over 50 percent". But he rejected any notion that he lost.

As the Washington Examiner writes, the race for the congressional seat that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price vacated is seen as an indicator of how the 2018 congressional elections could go.

"Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia". In fact, Trump arguably gave Ossoff his opening in the first place.

Werner reported from Washington.

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