Takeaways From The Georgia 6 Special Election
"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia", Trump tweeted, referring to last week's congressional race in a Wichita suburb where the Democrat fell short of an upset. Top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel, former Georgia secretary of state, got just 20 percent.
Ossoff will now head towards a runoff with Republican candidate Karen Handel, who finished second in the race with 19.8 percent of the vote out of a field with at least three other Republican candidates. However a runoff election in June will give Ossoff another opportunity to contend for the seat once again.
In this special election to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, now the HHS Secretary, 50% or more was needed to win.
Even though the Georgia 6th is wealthier and better-educated than most congressional districts, a win here could provide Democrats with a blueprint to take control of Congress in 2018's mid-term elections.
In the 2016 Presidential Election, Trump only won the "red" 6th District over Democrat Challenger Hillary Clinton, by just 1 percentage point, giving Democrats hope they can "Flip the 6th".
On Tuesday, Trump claimed victory, calling it a "BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia" on Twitter and citing his own contributions. Crediting himself, Trump added, "Glad to be of help!"
"Jon Ossoff is in a strong position to become the first Democrat to represent the Georgia 6in almost 40 years". And I think it's important in this district.
The Georgia congressional seat is attracting so much attention also because it has been the Republicans' since the late 1970s - and a candidate as strong as Ossoff is definitely a threat to them.
Republicans faced a sobering reminder of Donald Trump's unpopularity Wednesday after a young Democrat forced a run-off election in a conservative congressional district, highlighting the vulnerability of the president's party as opponents draw inspiration for fierce battles ahead.
Ossoff raised a stunning $8.3 million in the first quarter, forcing Republicans to spend heavily against him.
In an email early Wednesday morning, Ossoff confirmed he is moving on to the runoff election, "This is already a remarkable victory".
"I need you to get out to the polls tomorrow, April 18, and vote Republican", Trump said in the call.
Handel moved quickly to unite her fractured party, drawing immediate endorsements from some of her fellow GOP candidates and national party leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.