Ossoff Only Earned 1.3 Percent More Than Clinton In Georgia's 6th

Kari Scott
May 1, 2017

It didn't quite work.

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. "It is now Hollywood vs Georgia on June 20th", he said.

The special election - sort of a bye-election - was held to replace the congressional district's last incumbent Tom Price who vacated the seat when he joined Trump's team as his secretary for health and human services.

Yet despite such rhetoric, other Republicans saw clear warning signs for the party in Tuesday night's outcome.

In second place in the special election, but lagging behind with just under 20 percent of the vote, was Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state.

Ossoff's failure to win the seat outright also highlights the ongoing problems with the Democratic Party. Instead, the group budgeted more than $3 million, since spent, on advertising and field operations, for a rescue mission. Ossoff's victory in June would flip the sixth district and weaken the red shade of Georgia's Republican status.

The two-candidate race immediately changes the dynamics in the contest.

Ossoff's odds of winning in Georgia are longer, now that he faces a single Republican opponent in the runoff. "Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress", he tweeted early in the morning. Republicans, by contrast, were sharply divided and split their vote among several contenders.

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In comparison, Handel reportedly raised just $463,000. "We are going to be united from this point going forward".

The former congressional aide hovered around 50 per cent of the vote for most of the Tuesday evening, but eventually dipped to a total vote share of 48 percent.

In a longtime Republican stronghold near Atlanta, a Democrat's name has risen to the national stage. We know what's at stake here and I don't think that any - this is about any one person.

Levell, who worked on Trump's campaign, got less than 1% of the vote.

Ossoff is sounding equally confident. At an Atlanta rally Tuesday night, he said, "We will be ready to fight on and win in June if necessary".

Georgia's 6th District, which includes Cobb County, Fulton County and Dekalb County, has been held by Republicans since Newt Gingrich took office in 1978.

An Ossoff victory, which almost came to pass despite the long Republican tradition in the district, would have sent even marginally vulnerable House Republicans into a panic that the unpopularity of President Donald Trump could bring them down next November.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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