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Jon Ossoff Comes ThisClose To Stunning Trump - Runoff Looms

Jon Ossoff Comes ThisClose To Stunning Trump - Runoff Looms

Handel, who said Trump called to congratulate her on Wednesday morning, dismissed Ossoff as a well-funded novice who would flounder as Republicans consolidated support behind a single candidate. The nearest Republican was former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, who won just 19.8 per cent of the vote.

Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer and documentary filmmaker, was among 18 candidates running in the closely watched race to fill the seat left vacant when Rep. Tom Price became Trump's secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Handel responded by blasting her opponent, Jon Ossoff, who was the only Democratic candidate and received 48.1 percent of the vote in the election, since he "doesn't even live in the district" and "couldn't even vote for himself yesterday". "If we can get over 50 percent in this district, we know we can do that statewide and around the country", Porter said, mocking Republican assertions that Ossoff failed Tuesday by falling short of an outright primary victory.

For Republicans, Ossoff's strong performance acts as another wake-up call alongside the closer-than-expected win in a House special election last week in archconservative Kansas.

DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the 6th District offers the ideal setting for state and national Democrats to prove their momentum heading into 2018.

Democrat Jon Ossoff almost won Tuesday night's special election outright thanks largely to voters angry over the presidency of Donald Trump. "Glad to be of help!" he wrote late on Tuesday.

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Mr Ossoff raised more than $8m in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election, much of it coming from major Democratic donors located outside of Georgia.

Democrats saw an opportunity, and soon the national party, as well as liberal grassroots groups, rallied around Ossoff, pouring upwards of $8 million into his campaign. "Of course he has a vested interest in making sure that a Republican holds the seat".

Mr Ossoff grew up in the district and says he will move back if he wins. Trump had lent support to her through a series of tweets and robocalls.

Ossoff said on CNN that Trump was misinformed about his positions and that he was focused on issues affecting the northern Atlanta suburbs, not Washington.

If this is the Republican Party's secret weapon in keeping control of this hotly contested seat in Georgia, then they're in big trouble. And this is the second time in as many weeks that Democrats had high hopes and didn't see their best case scenarios realized when all the votes were cast.


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