Jon Ossoff Landslide Reinforces Resistance to Trump — Triumph in Georgia
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 2:35
While it's an impressive feat for a Democrat running in a traditionally red district like Georgia's 6th, Ossoff fell short of his goal of winning the seat outright with a majority of the vote. Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district Tuesday where Democrats stoked by opposition t.
Once the Fulton results finally began to come in, it became apparent that no candidate was going to take home a victory Tuesday night, although Ossoff told supporters the campaign has already achieved a victory of sorts.
He took credit for the results shortly after midnight on Wednesday - even though his unpopularity nationally and in the district is why the race is competitive in the first place. Trump had lent support to her through a series of tweets and robocalls.
Pete Korman, 6th District voter, said national enthusiasm for Ossoff has been frustrating to watch, but he thinks Handel will win voters in the 6th. "So of course he has a vested interest in making sure that a Republican holds the seat".
The race will move to a runoff election on June 20, 2017.
"This district has a long legacy of Republican leadership", she said. Republican Karen Handel got almost 20 percent.
The race is seen as an early test of strength for the president, and Ossoff insisted his performance in a district held by Republicans since 1979 showed Trump's party is beatable on their own turf in the current political landscape.
While Jon Ossoff did not get the more than 50 percent of the vote to win the election outright on Tuesday, the young Democrat is headed to a June 2 runoff against top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel.
Further, Handel told the program that she and Ossoff have "very different values and very different life experiences".
The Democrats hoped to win this special election and have the momentum carry them into the 2018 midterms.
The district has been a Republican stronghold for nearly 40 years.
The documentary filmmaker withstood attacks from President Donald Trump to poll 48.3 per cent of the vote (with 88 per cent of the vote counted). But the crowded field, which included 11 Republicans, gave Ossoff a change to rise above the fray. The group, which launched a $250,000 campaign ad buy focused on Trumpcare, pointed to the president's failed attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act as a major catalyst for Ossoff's surge of support.
Democrats invested over $8.3 million in the race and thousands of volunteer hours but only received a 1.3 percent gain in the district from Clinton's 46.8 percent in November of 2016.