Georgia special election goes to runoff

There are plenty of areas that are more Democratic-friendly for the party to win the 24 seats needed to take back the House in 2018, but an outright victory by Ossoff would have been a major boon to their fundraising and recruiting.

Ossoff is expected to be a top finisher in the primary and could possibly face off against Republican opponents Karen Moody, a former Georgia secretary of state, or former Georgia state senators Judson Hill and Dan Moody.

All eyes are on Georgia's sixth Congressional District Tuesday, where Jon Ossoff is attempting to reach the necessary 50 percent threshold to earn the seat vacated by the new Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. During the 2016 campaign, President Trump was a vocal critic of the deal, negotiated between Iran, the USA, and five other world powers to freeze and roll back Iran's nuclear program, but he had given mixed signals on his intentions since taking office.

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Ossoff says he grew up in the district and only now lives about a mile and a half outside the district because his girlfriend is finishing medical school. "And tonight, a progressive Democrat just got the most votes in a seat no one thought would be in play six months ago".

The election had been billed as one of the first tests of both the Trump era and the Democrats' strategy for 2018.

With the Georgia election's unusual contours - an 18-way primary and a GOP field split among 11 candidates - Ossoff soon rose to the top of the pack.

The odds are stacked against him in the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb and has for decades been held by Republicans.

Despite Trump's Twitter barrage, the White House insisted the race isn't about the president. "I think he hopes to have a Republican elected". But 60 percent of his support came from small donations of $200 or less: It's Republican organizations that have been the big outside spenders.

He also recorded a get-out-the-vote call in which he says, "Liberal Democrats from outside of Georgia are spending millions and millions of dollars trying to take your Republican congressional seat away from you". On Tuesday, the hashtag #FlipThe6th began trending on Twitter as Democrats and Republicans encouraged voters to show up at the polls.

Even as he ran a campaign more focused on jobs and shaking up the Washington status quo, Ossoff became a symbol of the anti-Trump movement. But an Ossoff win could weaken Trump's already shaky hold on his fellow Republicans in the House by encouraging those in competitive districts to distance themselves from the president.

It still wasn't enough for voters like Matt West, a 45-year-old financial planner from Roswell.

"Well, I grew up in this district", Ossoff said again.

"The reason is clear: voters are rejecting Trump and his policies, especially the highly unpopular GOP-led health care repeal proposals like Trumpcare", said Galland.

But while Republican groups have spent $4 million on ads attacking Ossoff, Democratic Party groups have mostly kept their wallets closed.

As for residency, Ossoff acknowledges that he lives just south of the district, in Atlanta, so that his girlfriend is close to her work at Emory University's medical complex.

Democrats, meanwhile, saw Handel - whose 55th birthday was Tuesday - as the Republican against whom they would fare the best, in part because of her conservative stances on social issues and attacks on Planned Parenthood.

  • Salvatore Jensen