Jon Ossoff Landslide Reinforces Resistance to Trump — Triumph in Georgia


Against a field of 18 candidates, including 11 Republicans, Mr Ossoff outperformed polls in Georgia's traditionally Republican 6th Congressional District.

But even from the beginning of the special election campaigns, there were signs that the district is changing. The President tweeted several times about the race on the day of the vote, urging Republicans to get out to vote.

(AP Photo/David Goldman). A voter casts a ballot in a special election in Atlanta, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

But Trump carried the district by less than two points.

An all-out win yesterday could have sent a clear message that the backlash against Trump, witnessed through protests out in the streets, could have real electoral consequences.

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Ossoff will face Karen Handel, the top Republican vote-getter with 19.7 percent, in the June 20 runoff.

But she'll run up against Handel backers like 82-year-old Bev Wingate. "I mean look, all Republicans, it's all hands on deck for us".

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez struck a positive note Wednesday morning just hours after Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff narrowly fell short of capturing a House seat in a longtime conservative stronghold in Georgia. Great job Karen Handel! "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th", Trump wrote, alluding to celebrity donations that came in for Ossoff. Democrats are also looking to build momentum heading into next year's midterm elections. Another special election is coming up in Montana next month. The truly important factor was that Democrats chose to nationalize the election and turn it into a referendum on Donald Trump. She added that when it comes to balancing the budget and repealing Obamacare, both Handel and Trump are for the people. A lot of things we can't anticipate now will happen in the interim and influence those races. Tonight's results are further proof that the grassroots energy we're seeing across the country can translate to electoral progress in every zip code.

The victor will succeed Republican Tom Price, who resigned the seat to join Trump's administration as health secretary.

Trump tweeted, "Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG *R* win with runoff in Georgia". Or will Democrats regard it as a disappointment given the flawless storm of factors that seemed to be lining up in Ossoff's favor for Tuesday's vote? The group, which launched a $250,000 campaign ad buy focused on Trumpcare, pointed to the president's failed attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act as a major catalyst for Ossoff's surge of support.

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Even though the election is going to a runoff, prospects still look promising for an Ossoff victory. "Bring it on!" he said.

Under normal circumstances a Republican win would be in little doubt. Trump congratulated the GOP candidate for "easily winning the Congressional race against the Dems, who spent heavily & predicted victory!" "We know what is at stake here and I don't think that this is about any one person".

"This district has a long legacy of Republican leadership", she said.

Spicer noted that the reason why President Donald Trump won was the Republican Party had already made significant headway with the shifting demographics of the country. Georgia voters want a bold vision of inclusion and economic opportunity for every Georgia family, so Jon Ossoff is in a strong position to become the first Democrat to represent the Georgia 6thin almost 40 years.

Werner reported from Washington.

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