Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia House election
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 17:38
For many voters and supporters of Mr Ossoff, the contest for Georgia 6th congressional district turned into a referendum on the presidency of Mr Trump and both sides spent a total of around $56m, making it the costliest race of its kind in USA history.
While Handel's victory only brings the Republican House majority back to its baseline level after the 2016 election, it denied Democrats a momentum boost toward the 2018 midterms and a victory that party activists dearly seek after five months of GOP control in Washington.
Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat that Democrats spent 30 million dollars (£23 million) trying to flip. Heading into Election Day, polls showed the two in a virtual tie. In particular, some suburban women who felt frustrated by the results of the 2016 election chose to volunteer for him.
"Things are looking great for Karen H!" tweeted Trump at 10:21 p.m., nine minutes after The AP made its projection, based on the Republican leading by a 52.5-47.5 margin with 168 out of 208 precincts reporting.
"Still, for Handel's campaign, this could be a problem".
Trump tweeted Tuesday evening to congratulate Handel on a "big win". But the downpours could dampen voter participation in GOP bastions as well. Ossoff won DeKalb County. Trump barely edged Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 6th in November.
Ossoff, a 30-year-old political newcomer who attained almost 50 percent of the vote in a runoff against three Republicans, including Handel, captivated Democrats who believed he had a chance to rise a perceived wave of anti-Trump sentiment.
His campaign has attracted more supporters than some expected. Volunteers from around the country flocked to help him on the ground, too. State officials say they're confident the technology is secure. "People are fed up everywhere". The Sanders-supported candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, also lost as did his pick to be the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, Tom Perriello. He has said the address is close to Emory University, where his fiancee attends medical school.
Ossoff and Handel collectively raised a whopping $56.7 million, according to the Center for Responsible Politics, for a race that was widely seen as a test of Donald Trump's presidency. The president held a fundraiser for her early on, but since other surrogates like Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President Pence have stumped for her. She avoided talk of Trump, instead focusing on her track record. The Georgia 6th, after all, is the seat of Newt Gingrich and Tom Price.
"Some Republicans may even be turned off by our president", Perdue acknowledged at a rally Saturday.
But Tuesday's results were likely to prompt more soul-searching among the political left, who are still looking for their first significant post-Trump election victory. "And the world is looking; the nation is looking".
The Georgia special election result could be consequential for the fate of the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act.
Handel hit Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff on the issue of the outside money, support from celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson, and the fact that he doesn't live in the 6th District in order to paint him as an outsider.