Democrat leads early returns in Georgia congressional race
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 11:55
Ossoff faced a barrage of attacks from Republicans, including President Trump, in the days leading up to the election. But an unprecedented fundraising haul and a jolt from President Donald Trump's critics propelled him into the national spotlight.
Democrat Jon Ossoff has dropped below the majority vote he needs to avoid a runoff in Georgia's nationally watched special congressional election.
Jon Ossoff, 30, finished first in a crowded field of candidates in a traditionally conservative sixth district, but failed to surpass the all-important 50 percent threshold.
In Alpharetta on Tuesday morning, Handel told BuzzFeed News that she thinks the night will end without a definitive victor. They saw his campaign, as well as a special House election last week in Kansas where a Democrat narrowly lost, as symbolic battlegrounds for their recovering party.
There are 18 candidates, including 11 Republicans, dividing their support. Even if Ossoff doesn't clinch a majority of the vote, he's still expected to make the June 20 runoff. An entire slate_Republicans, Democrats and independents - appeared on one primary ballot. There is a special election tomorrow to fill that seat, which opened after Republican Tom Price was appointed as secretary of Health and Human Services.
A second race is on the ballot in portions of Sandy Springs and Cobb County for Georgia's State Senate District 32. Gulley said Tuesday they all "make me feel like my generation is being heard". If Democrats can win here, it would be a big coup for the party.
He added that Democrats were "a little lazy" in November, but now "there's an emergence of people fighting".
"I don't think he will pull off an outright win, I think he capped out late last week and slid a bit over the weekend".
On Monday, Ossoff downplayed Trump's involvement in the election.
The race has turned into a national contest, with top candidate Jon Ossoff attracting more than $8 million in largely outside donations. Outside money has poured into the district at a staggering rate: According to a Center for Public Integrity Analysis, there are ten outside dollars spent for every penny spent from Georgia, not counting the candidates' own spending. Much of the energy and rage that has electrified the left since Trump was elected president has been channeled Ossoff's way.
"Young voters in that district are really excited by him", Kerwin Swint, a political-science professor at Kennesaw State University, told the New York Times.
And both parties have dispatched paid field staffers.
Democrats, out of power in Congress and the White House, need a spark to convince themselves they can take back all that they had lost.
"Republicans must get out today and VOTE in Georgia 6".
Among other top Republicans in the race, technology executive Bob Gray and two former state senators, Dan Moody and Judson Hill, are battling Handel in a fight for the No. 2 spot. Handel, his closest rival, had 19.7 percent.
Why is Ossoff a threat to Republicans in Congress? On Tuesday, the hashtag #FlipThe6th began trending on Twitter as Democrats and Republicans encouraged voters to show up at the polls.