Georgia election a 'wake-up call' for US Republicans
IMAGE: Supporters of Sixth District Democratic nominee Jon Ossoff cheer at Election Night party in Sandy Springs, Georgia, April 18, 2017. Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Geor.
Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, and a former gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidate, said the race for Georgia's open congressional seat begins anew today. But for a first high-profile test of polling since the 2016 election, when surveys underestimated Donald Trump's support, Georgia 6 is not consistent with the idea that polling is broken, or that polls are systematically missing Republican support.
"That's what we have to do because that's where we fell short in the past; we allowed our basic infrastructure to atrophy, and we have to build strong parties", he said.
"Tomorrow, we start the campaign anew", Handel said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Republicans are united and ready to do everything we can to elect Karen to Congress", National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said in a statement.
"Glad to be of help!", Trump tweeted around midnight Wednesday after the results showed Ossoff failed to get the 50 percent of votes needed to avoid a runoff. Great job Karen Handel! Technical problems temporarily slowed reporting from Fulton County, but Ossoff is expected to remain below 50 percent when the all the votes are counted.
Although the Georgia race has received the most attention, it's not the only special House election to make waves this year.
More tests await, with special elections approaching in Montana and SC in May and June. The party could also simply stockpile dollars for 2018.
"Well, I would want President Trump tweeting for me", said Nancy Couch.
"We have a lot of wind at our back. The progressive energy out there is palpable", he added.
Tom Price exited the 6th District earlier this year to become President Donald Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services.
The 11 Republican candidates in Tuesday's election took a narrow majority of votes, but can Republican voters unite behind a candidate who took just under 20 percent of the total vote?
For Democrats, Ossoff's near win encourages the opposition movement that has flourished since Trump's election.
Now, after forcing the front-runner into a June 20 runoff, Republicans are vowing to unite and defeat the Democrats' chosen candidate in two months. Now, she says, she's free to ask all her friends and neighbors to be "on our team".
"We know what's at stake here and I don't think this is about any one person", Handel said Wednesday.