Jon Ossoff Election Day Georgia 6th Trump 4/18/17

Republicans nationally and in Georgia acknowledged before polls opened that Ossoff would top the 18-candidate field, which included Republicans, Democrats and independents on one primary ballot.

The 30-year-old is leading a crowded field in a Republican-controlled Georgia district to replace Rep. Tom Price, who left office to serve as Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary. As of 1 a.m. However, in the wake of the presidential election a year ago, people are looking for a change in Congress that has them supporting Democrats with new vigor. Georgia's sixth congressional district has been held by Republicans for almost 40 years, since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was elected in 1978.

President Donald Trump is claiming that he's accomplished more than anyone at this point of a presidency. Data showed that early voters tilt heavily toward Hillary Clinton voters - Georgia does not offer early voting information by party affiliation - and could give Ossoff a head start against his Republican opponents.

National Democrats and Republicans are pouring money into the race. Hunt dedicated only about 15 seconds of her report to Republicans Bob Gray and Karen Handel.

Handel lost a 2010 race for governor and a 2014 Republican Senate primary and was accused of overspending as a county commissioner in a 2017 jungle primary attack ad from the conservative Club for Growth. Kansas's 4th District recently voted to stay red, and Montana's At-Large Congressional District is expected to do the same on May 25.

Republican George H.W. Bush seemed to be on a glide path to re-election after the Gulf War in 1991, but then his former attorney general Dick Thornburgh lost to Democratic first-time political candidate (but civil rights hero) Harris Wofford in a special election that was called following the death of Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania.

Trump himself got involved in the race, making robocalls in opposition to Ossoff and tweeting Tuesday morning that forcing a runoff would ensure victory for the top Republican, a stance he repeated, while taking credit for himself, as news of the results came in early Wednesday morning.

"Only you can stop the super liberal Democrats and Nancy Pelosi's group, and in particular, Jon Ossoff".

Trump won Georgia's 6th district by a little less than two points back in November. Force runoff and easy win! "Dem Ossoff will raise your taxes - very bad on crime & 2 A".

"This election is about deciding the things that unite us are stronger than the things that divide us", Ossoff tweeted on Monday. Writing on Twitter, he said that he was happy to have been able to "help" in the race. "Once again I appreciate the president's interest".

"I think people are actually becoming more aware of politics and want to do something about the path this country's been on for the last eight years", Stoker told Elliot.

Partisans on both sides have been watching the Georgia race closely, seeing the traditionally conservative sixth district as a bellwether for voters' opinion of the Trump administration and an indication of Democratic chances in the 2018 midterm elections.

And yet sometimes, though troublesome, special elections don't quite mean disaster for the incumbent in the White House. Republicans controlled the House 237-193 before that April 11 vote, with three other vacant seats besides the one decided Tuesday in Georgia.

This is big. But let's keep it in perspective: It's true that special elections can be nasty presidential bellwethers.

  • Zachary Reyes