Georgia election a 'wake-up call' for US Republicans

It hasn't elected a Democrat to the House of Representatives since the Carter administration, and it was Newt Gingrich's district when he was Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 1990s.

(AP Photo/David Goldman). A voter casts a ballot in a special election in Atlanta, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Congratulations to Jon Ossoff's campaign for all of their hard work in tonight's landslide in the race for Georgia's 6 Congressional District. Republicans on my timeline are mocking Democrats for their "moral victory", while some analysts are noting that Democrats will have to win districts like this to take back the House in 2018.

Ossoff has drawn volunteers and donors from out of state who see the race as a way to strike a blow against Trump. Handel came in second with just shy of 20 percent of the vote.

"It was a great conversation", said Handel. "We're united behind me, and I absolutely am confident that Republicans are going to answer, and we're going to be ready to be highly competitive in this district".

Trump apparently called Handel Wednesday morning to congratulate her, according to a muted tweet she sent out.

"You know, I think it is important to understand that if there was one Republican, it was 52 to 48 or 49, it still would have been a Republican victory", Handel continued. Another special election is coming up in Montana next month. They're not going to get caught with their trousers down a second time in a two-way race. Those in the race are split among Trump supporters and candidates trying to hold the president at arm's length. "Help from around the country is going to be huge, and I think by then, Trump will be in more trouble than he is now". Tom Price to head the Health and Human Services Department.

Ossoff's campaign was boosted by the support of numerous celebrities, including from Star Trek actor George Takei and anti-Trump talk show host Chelsea Handler, the latter of whom donated to the young Democrat and used her almost 7 million-strong Twitter following to urge Georgia voters to turn out. National Republican groups spent millions of dollars painting Ossoff as a neophyte who does not live in the area he aims to represent. "Bring it on!" he said.

For Republicans, Ossoff's strong performance acts as another wake-up call alongside the closer-than-expected win in a House special election last week in archconservative Kansas. The reason is that there is a host of historically Republican suburban districts such as Texas 7, California 45, Texas 32, IL 6, and Virginia 10 where Trump ran well behind the traditional GOP baseline. Party officials say they can beat Ossoff once the primary is over and they unite behind a single candidate. We all have to rise above it.

Sanders was then asked if Ossoff is a progressive.

Trump bested Hillary Clinton in Fulton County and Cobb County in the 2016 presidential election. Though she came away with slightly less than 20 percent of the vote, there's every reason to believe that GOP voters will rally around their chosen candidate in a one-on-one contest.

  • Leroy Wright