WH: Georgia's Special Election 'A Big Loss' for Democrats
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 1:48
A day after a grueling election ended with two remaining candidates, both Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel said their teams were getting back to work to try and win the June runoff.
Ossoff and Handel will now compete in a runoff on June 20.
Mr Trump had entered the campaign in recent days and used Twitter to claim that his intervention had halted the young man.
In comparison, Handel reportedly raised just $463,000. If Ossoff had won at least 50%, he would have secured the seat outright.
Democrats, searching for answers at a time when they are shut out of power in Washington, found a unifying figure in Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who campaigned on a promise to "Make Trump Furious".
Ms Handel received a little over 19 per cent of the vote on Tuesday.
The White House has claimed a special election in Georgia in which a young Democrat came first by nearly 30 points, was in fact a "big loss" for the party.
"This is a Republican district but it is not a strongly Trump district", House Republican Tom Cole said of the sixth district, home to many well-educated voters who are reliably Republican but frustrated by the new president.
"If you run as a Democrat, you're a Democrat", Sanders said. The Dunwoody retiree and Handel volunteer says Republicans were too cautious in the primary for fear they'd "step on toes".
"I think it's overstated the effect that what is going on in Washington has on a local race like this, where local issues are the most important thing to voters", Ossoff said. "They came up short", Spicer said.
For his part, Ossoff said for weeks his goal was to win outright, but he rejected any notion that he lost.
"We are changing the world and your voices are going to ring out across this state and country", Ossoff told his supporters.
The election was for the seat vacated by Republican Tom Price - who won with almost 62 per cent of the vote a year ago - after United States President Donald Trump appointed him Secretary of Health and Human Services.