Democratic candidate for Georgia's Sixth Congressional Seat Jon Ossoff speaks to supporters during an election-night watch party Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Dunwoody, Ga.
Handel tweeted Wednesday morning that the president called to congratulate her.
As the Washington Examiner writes, the race for the congressional seat that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price vacated is seen as an indicator of how the 2018 congressional elections could go.
Ossoff ran his campaign as a referendum on the president - an action the Commander-in-Chief seemed to have noticed, as he tweeted seven times about the race on Tuesday including after the results had been reported.
But Ossoff's haul fell short of the majority threshold required to outright win, despite him getting support from prominent Democrats and celebrities and attracting millions of dollars in outside donations.
Ossoff earned 48.1 percent in Tuesday's election to replace former Republican Rep. Tom Price, barely eclipsing Clinton's performance, according to Real Clear Politics. However a runoff election in June will give Ossoff another opportunity to contend for the seat once again. "I wonder if Donald Trump and she are going to campaign on that issue in her district", Perez said on CNN.
On Tuesday, Trump claimed victory, calling it a "BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia" on Twitter and citing his own contributions. We know what's at stake here and I don't think that any - this is about any one person.
"We have an wonderful chance here, an extraordinary moment for Georgia", Ossoff told campaign volunteers as they headed out for a final round of door-knocking on Monday afternoon.
In order to do so, the party will have to capture at least 25 Republican seats, an endeavor that could lead through a district like Georgia's 6th - where voters have traditionally leaned Republican, but are not sold on the president's agenda.
Democrats should rejoice. A pro-choice Democrat just forced a runoff in a dark red district in the South, despite a last-minute assault by President Donald Trump. He raised more than $8 million in the first three months of the year, much of it from out of state, and drew volunteers from across the country. We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June. "We got stuck with Trump", he said. Or will Democrats regard it as a disappointment given the ideal storm of factors that seemed to be lining up in Ossoff's favor for Tuesday's vote? "They're not interested in someone who doesn't even live in the district, someone who has a really thin resume and very lacking in experience".