Georgia election heads for runoff as Dem falls just short of majority

He will compete in a June runoff against former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel.

"Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia", he tweeted at 12:09 a.m. Wednesday. And Trump let the world know he played a role - via a robocall and tweets - writing this: "Glad to be of help!"

Democratic candidate for Georgia's Sixth Congressional Seat Jon Ossoff speaks to supporters during an election-night watch party Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Dunwoody, Ga.

A GOP state senator in Georgia recently said the 6th district's lines "were not drawn" to elect a Democrat, and yet, there was Ossoff, forcing Republicans to spend millions of dollars they didn't expect to invest in order to barely keep him below 50%. "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th".

The Trump White House's hypocrisy is stunning. Or just a minor setback for Republicans, who can still hold the seat in the June runoff? Winning against Handel (who won 19 percent of the vote and was the most voted for Republican among her 10 GOP peers) in the runoff will certainly hard when the Republican base unifies around her, but if he, his fans, and his backers can keep up the momentum, he might just become the first Democrat to win in his district since the 1970s.

"This is a very strongly Republican district and Republicans and Democrats are going to both use everything in their tool chest to try to win this seat", Dingell says.

The victor in Georgia will succeed Republican Tom Price, who resigned the seat to join Trump's administration as health secretary.

With Ossoff unable to secure an outright victory, some Democrats have expressed frustration and regret with Ossoff being their candidate.

Handel called for Republican unity as she claimed victory. They said that their goal was to get over 50%.

The election had been proclaimed widely as a referendum on the Trump administration, especially by Democrats who believed they would win the seat without a run-off. "I don't think this district is one of those districts". Most candidates who run form office want to win, that's generally a given.

Democrats saw an opportunity, and soon the national party, as well as liberal grassroots groups, rallied around Ossoff, pouring upwards of $8 million into his campaign.

What's hard to know is how Ossoff's showing will be viewed by the Democratic base and the donor community.

"Donald Trump coming to town could be the biggest thing to happen to congressional elections in years", said Todd Rehm, a Republican strategist and founder of the blog GeorgiaPundit.com, told VOA.

  • Salvatore Jensen