What happens next in the high-stakes Georgia runoff

21 Avril, 2017, 19:39 | Author: Cyril Hebras
  • Democrat Jon Ossoff a former congressional aide is hoping to wrest away a congressional seat held by Republicans since the 1970s when Georgia's 6th District votes in a special election on Tuesday

On the heels of Tuesday's special election for the 6th congressional district seat in the Georgia House, Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff have become household names across much of the nation.

Ossoff will face Republican candidate Karen Handel in a runoff election in June.

Hours after Republicans held off a Democratic bid to take over a long-safe GOP Georgia House seat, President Donald Trump says the outcome shows Democrats are "failing".

The question was whether Ossoff, a 30-year-old owner of an investigative film company, could win more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Mr Ossoff and Ms Handel will now participate in a June 20 runoff.

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

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. His strong showing in the conservative district, driven by eye-popping fundraising numbers from out-of-state donors, underscored Democrats' eagerness to get a win against Trump as they strive to take back House control in 2018.

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In addition, Ossoff has also used anti-Trump sentiment, with the slogan "Make Trump Furious", to power his campaign, during which he also focused on the growing worry among Republicans that his victory could have a chilling effect on congressional races in future.

The SUV hit is a familiar one for Handel; it also came up in the Senate race.

"Hey that's what happens when you have $9 million, most of it from out of Georgia", said Handel, asked about the moment. And I think it's important in this district.

Georgia's 6th congressional district has always been a GOP stronghold, represented in recent decades by a pair of high-profile, far-right Republicans Tom Price and Newt Gingrich.

Trump won the district by only 1.5 percentage points in November against Democrat Hillary Clinton, who drew support from its many college graduates.

Ossoff attempted to make the special election all about President Donald Trump.

Adding it up: "Already, Republican candidates and outside groups have had to spend over $7 million against Democrats in a series of deeply conservative districts". "The only thing that seems fake is Trump coming out and saying this was good for Republicans, that they gave away 48 percent of the vote to somebody that nobody knows". They said their goal was to get over 50 percent. Trump had lent support to her through a series of tweets and robocalls. "They came up short", Spicer said during Wednesday's briefing.

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