Republican: 'All Hands On Deck' In Congressional Runoff
A young Democrat, Jon Ossoff, in the USA state of Georgia has come very close to winning congressional seat held by Republicans for decades.
Republicans have held the seat in Georgia's 6th Congressional District for the past 40 years, but Democrats came close to nabbing it on Tuesday. Republican Karen Handel, 55, a former Georgia secretary of state, won 19.8 percent, and will face Ossoff in the June 20 runoff.
The 11 Republicans altogether received 4,026 more votes than the five Democrats running for the seat.
The Democrats "were clear going into this election", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. They hoped to clinch victory without a runoff by clearing 50% of the vote in the first round against the splintered GOP field. They came up short, and if you look at what - his percentage of what it was presidentially, it pretty much tracks. "Partly because I think he will insist on it", said Dr. Kerwin Swint of Kennesaw State University. "What we saw in the trend lines of early voting yesterday is that people in Georgia, in the 6th district, when they got to know him more they supported him less". "They are looking for their first win against this president and they have fallen short after every turn".
Ryan's most notable failure came over the last few months when he was unable to bring his party - and the Republican president - together to achieve the repeal of Obamacare, something they have been promising to do for almost a decade.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said the race showed how the South was changing. "I think in large part, that's why we won", Spicer said. "We've been talking about how the Republican Party had won in so many different levels of our country, but the presidency had eluded us".
But Democratic Party supporters were fired up, said University of Georgia professor Charles S. Bullock.
Pundits said Mrs Handel will likely win the run-off, but on Tuesday the Republican said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution: "Beating Ossoff and holding this seat is something that rises above any one person".
"There was five", the reporter interjected. This is a district that was very close on the presidential level last cycle, and the Democrats went all in on this. The Dunwoody retiree and Handel volunteer says Republicans were too cautious in the primary for fear they'd "step on toes".