The Democrat Went Down in Georgia

Trump happily congratulated Republicans in a tweet chiding the media and the support streaming into Georgia from other states.

Republicans in effect conducted a primary race, with former Secretary of State Karen Handel leading the field.

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".

Democrat Jon Ossoff almost won Tuesday night's special election outright thanks largely to voters angry over the presidency of Donald Trump.

Republicans called Ossoff's showing a failure to buy the seat, noting that he spent more than $8 million, and predicted Handel will prevail in a one-on-one runoff June 20.

"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.

Special elections will hold particular importance for Democrats this year, as Republicans now control both the House and Senate.

Trump, a businessman and TV celebrity who previously had not held political office, has blasted Ossoff as a "super Liberal Democrat".

On Tuesday, Trump claimed victory, calling it a "BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia" on Twitter and citing his own contributions. "Glad to be of help!" he wrote late on Tuesday.

Ossoff, a former congressional staffer, entered the race as a long shot - a Democrat hasn't represented the district since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won his first congressional race in 1978.

"He's already at 49 percent of the vote", Perez said.

Last Tuesday it was a special election in Kansas where the Republican candidate did just enough to win.

Roberts pressed him further over how close Ossoff came to winning the election outright yesterday due to how close he came to 50%.

With a victory, Democrats would deliver a severe rebuke to President Donald Trump fewer than a hundred days into his presidency. Another special election is coming up in Montana next month.

"It does tell you this is the kind of seat that Democrats would and should focus on", he told CNN. A Republican has held the seat since 1979, and Price won 62 percent of the vote in November.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said in an interview Tuesday that he does not know whether Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff is a progressive.

It could be that this district is naturally trending away from a Trump-era Republican Party.

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