Trump Awaits Outcome of Special Congressional Election

Georgia GOP officials have maintained the party will come together, and Handel struck a note of unity when addressing her supporters Tuesday night. We're not even 100 days into Donald Trump's administration, but the voters of Georgia's 6thdistrict are already fed up with Republican leadership. The question for Ossoff, and Democrats more broadly, is whether they can successfully link an establishment Republican like Handel to the less-than-popular Trump over the course of a two month, one-versus-one runoff slog. "Glad to be of help!" the President wrote.

If there is one thing the 2016 presidential election has taught, it is that the normal rules of politics might not apply in the Trump era.

The seat opened when Trump picked former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as his Health and Human Services secretary.

The district, which since 1978 has been represented by Republicans Newt Gingrich, Johnny Isakson and Tom Price, has widely been considered a conservative stronghold.

The Democrats hoped to win this special election and have the momentum carry them into the 2018 midterms. GOP votes were split between Handel and almost a dozen other Republican candidates in the special election.

The election in Georgia is the second of five scheduled special elections to fill current house vacancies.

Republicans pegged Ossoff as inexperienced and portrayed the investigative film producer as a carpetbagger for living outside the district - a fact Trump tweeted that he "just learned" earlier in the day Thursday.

Democrats, therefore, felt confident that the area, which is home to a number of Atlanta's wealthiest and highly-educated suburbs, could be competitive in the special election.

Progressives from across the country flocked to Ossoff's aid, helping him raise over $8.3 million and building an army of volunteers in hopes of delivering a knock-out punch in the first round. Republicans have long believed that - particularly with such high turnout in Tuesday's contest - Ossoff would near his high-water mark in the jungle primary and have little room to grow his support in the runoff.

US political figures, including President Donald Trump, are watching for the outcome Tuesday of a special congressional election in the southern state of Georgia, to see whether there is any groundswell of sentiment emerging against his three-month tenure in the White House. The nation will likely be focused on the little-known Jewish candidate for weeks as he seeks to make the race a referendum on Trump's rocky start in office.

Leaders in both major parties agree the race offers a prime test run for 2018 elections, because the affluent, well-educated Georgia district is replete with the kind of voters Democrats must attract to reclaim a House majority and win more gubernatorial and Senate races. "I wonder if Donald Trump and she are going to campaign on that issue in her district", Perez said on CNN. The president barely edged Hillary Clinton here in November, falling short of a majority four years after Republican Mitt Romney got more than 60 percent of the presidential vote. Mr Estes, the former state treasurer, defeated Democrat James Thompson by seven percentage points in Kansas's 4th congressional district, a safe Republican seat.

Republicans, meanwhile, have made their own attempts at nationalizing the race. "Only you can stop the super liberal Democrats and Nancy Pelosi's group, and in particular, Jon Ossoff".

  • Zachary Reyes