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Trump credits himself for Georgia runoff | Cap on charitable tax deductions eyed

Trump credits himself for Georgia runoff | Cap on charitable tax deductions eyed

And that's a big contrast to the Democrat who doesn't even live in the district. "We have defied the odds, we have shattered expectations", Ossoff told a cheering crowd of supporters. "We are going to be united from this point going forward". They came up short of their goal. With the GOP having a single candidate to rally behind, this race now becomes exponentially easier for Republicans to win.

"National Right to Life is pleased to endorse Karen Handel, whose position on life reflects the true values of Georgia's voters", said Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director.

Meanwhile, the Georgia race was widely seen as a referendum on Trump, but Handel said she believes that's because the mainstream media and Democrats wanted it that way.

"I am absolutely confident that as we go to the voters and show the contrast between this young, inexperienced individual compared to the track record and the public service and the results that I've given to this 6th district", she said. Republicans have held the seat since 1979, and past occupants include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current Georgia Sen. The question for Ossoff, and Democrats more broadly, is whether they can successfully link an establishment Republican like Handel to the less-than-popular Trump over the course of a two month, one-versus-one runoff slog. Now, she says, she's free to ask all her friends and neighbors to be "on our team".

The hotly contested race carried major implications as a gauge of President Donald Trump's popularity - and Trump himself seemed to grasp the high stakes, playing a direct role in its closing days with robocalls and by attacking Ossoff repeatedly on Twitter. He will now face a run-off on June 20, with the top Republican, perennial candidate Karen Handel.

Russia Relations At All-Time Low
The United States is "not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump said at a press conference at the White House. Secretary Tillerson told President Putin peace can not happen in Syria while Assad is still in power.

The Kansas and Georgia races also serve notice that GOP candidates may struggle to handle Trump, who alienates many independents and even some Republicans. Democrats are also looking to build momentum heading into next year's midterm elections.

"They were ringing my phone off the hook", said Kim Fambro, 45, who said the outreach convinced her to vote for Ossoff. 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.

A GOP state senator in Georgia recently said the 6th district's lines "were not drawn" to elect a Democrat, and yet, there was Ossoff, forcing Republicans to spend millions of dollars they didn't expect to invest in order to barely keep him below 50%.

Werner reported from Washington.


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