Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Runoff in Georgia House race could test Trump

Runoff in Georgia House race could test Trump

But while the Komen incident gave Handel her national profile, such as it is, she's a longtime Georgia politician, albeit one who loses more than she wins.

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Democrats have a decision to make. If Ossoff gets the support of the other Democratic candidates, he would have 49 percent, said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

"There is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages", Ossoff told his ecstatic supporters Tuesday night. "We will be ready to fight on and win in June if it is necessary", he said. They said it couldn't be done. Should they keep plowing millions into this race? But no amount of dark super-PAC money can overcome real grassroots energy.

Trump was heavily invested in the race and in a tweet claimed victory, although Ossoff could still win in the runoff. In the case of Georgia's special election for the Sixth Congressional District seat, Ossoff received 48.1 percent of the vote, meaning he will face the contender who received the next highest percentage of the vote (Republican Karen Handel at 19.8 percent) in a two-candidate runoff election in June. "Glad to be of help!" wrote Trump on Twitter.

Reporters asked Handel about the impact of President Trump's involvement.

The state senate runoff is May 16, a month earlier than the 6th district runoff, and could provide an important bellwether for Ossoff and Handel. "So of course he has a vested interest in making sure that a Republican holds the seat". 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.

"Obviously, we're very excited, and what happened last night is very encouraging", said Handel.

"Voters are rejecting Trump and his policies, especially the highly unpopular GOP-led health care repeal proposals like Trumpcare", MoveOn executive director Anna Galland said in a statement.

The district, which encompasses a swath of well-heeled suburbs north of Atlanta, has elected Republicans to the House since the late 1970s, but Trump carried it by only 1 percentage point in the November presidential election. "That is Jon Ossoff".

Now the race is headed for a runoff, and Republicans will be favored to win. By contrast, the Republican Party mobilised about US$2 million in counter-advertising, portraying the Democrat as an outsider who is "too liberal". The 30-year-old documentary filmmaker came out of nowhere to almost win the seat in the heavily Republican 6th Congressional District. Former Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards defeated entrepreneur Benny Crane in a runoff.

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