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Despite massive spending, Dems fail to take US House seat in Georgia

Despite massive spending, Dems fail to take US House seat in Georgia

In what many observers viewed as a major blow to Donald Trump and the Republicans, Democrat Jon Ossoff secured 48 per cent in an election for Georgia's sixth congressional district, a seat that had previously been occupied by Tom Price, now the president's health secretary.

Instead, Ossoff, who would become the youngest member of Congress if elected, forced a June runoff with the GOP front-runner, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, which will check the temperature of the 2018 races.

Democrats were hoping for a surprise win in Georgia, but they came up just short in Tuesday night's special election in a district held by Republicans for almost four decades.

Ultimately, roughly a dozen Republican candidates received a combined 51 percent of the vote on Tuesday, while Ossoff and four other Democratic candidates received 49 percent.

Tuesday's election featured much intrigue as Ossoff came just shortof capturing 50 percent of the vote, an outright win.

The victor replaces Republican Tom Price, who stepped down to serve as Mr Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services.

A Georgia congressional election is headed to a high-stakes runoff that's shaping up as a referendum on President Donald Trump ahead of crucial midterm elections next year.

The Ossoff campaign was greatly hoping to avoid the runoff as Georgia's 6th district has been a GOP stronghold for generations, and with a crowded Republican field, Ossoff hoped to benefit from the fractured Republican block.

Republican Karen Handel told supporters gathered in Roswell Tuesday night that by morning the campaign would start anew and called on Republicans to unite around her.

Despite Ossoff's big lead, Trump claimed victory and said he was "glad to be of help" in blocking the Democrat from winning outright.

She took jabs at Ossoff's inexperience.

The close outcomes in conservative Kansas and Georgia underscored Democrats' potential to capitalize on surging liberal energy following Trump's election, but also pointed to the limits of how far they can go in Republican-friendly districts.

Pete Korman, 6th District voter, said national enthusiasm for Ossoff has been frustrating to watch, but he thinks Handel will win voters in the 6th.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump would campaign in Georgia for Handel "if needed" but dismissed the race as overhyped. Democrats mostly consolidated support behind Ossoff, a 30-year-old filmmaker and former congressional aide.

"There is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages", said Ossoff.

However, what is concerning is that why do Congressional Republicans perceive Ossoff as a threat and why did Trump want him to lose so badly?


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