The political world waits on Georgia race, Ossoff

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Please note 18 candidates were fighting in what was called the "bloody jungle primary" to fill the seat that was vacated when President Donald Trump selected Tom Price to be his Health and Human Services Secretary. He and the other top vote-getter - Republican candidate Karen Handel, who received 19.8% - will now face off in a runoff election in June, a likely uphill climb for Democrats now that the Republican vote in a reliably GOP district will be consolidated behind one candidate.

Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff has been gaining a substantial amount of Democratic support, both vocal and monetary, in his race to win a seat in the House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th District.

With all precincts reporting, Democrat Jon Ossoff led the crowded field of 18 candidates with 48 percent of the vote. If no candidate meets that threshold, the race heads to a June 20 runoff, with the two highest vote recipients advancing to the next round.

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Outside groups poured millions into the nationally-watched contest, which was widely viewed as an early indicator of Trump's popularity as he closed out his first 100 days in office. And Trump let the world know he played a role - via a robocall and tweets - writing this: "Glad to be of help!"

The close outcomes in conservative Kansas and Georgia underscored Democrats' potential to capitalize on surging liberal energy following Trump's election, but also pointed to the limits of how far they can go in Republican-friendly districts. 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.

Trump also criticized the enthusiasm for Ossoff from people who don't live in Georgia's 6th congressional district. Democrats were nearly universally united behind Ossoff while several Republicans split the vote. "I say bring it on", she said. Ossoff's strong finish sends a strong message to the Republican Party that voters are already fed up with Trump's conflicts of interest and his lies. "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff said, and he urged his supporters to embrace the prospects of a runoff, telling them they would "carry us to victory".

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"This is a Republican district but it is not a strongly Trump district", House Republican Tom Cole said of the sixth district, home to many well-educated voters who are reliably Republican but frustrated by the new president.

Trump blasted 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".

Press secretary Sean Spicer said the results marked a "big loss" as they had been anticipating a large win.

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