Trump takes credit for blocking Democratic win in Georgia race
Late Tuesday night, President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to Georgia Republicans and celebrated a victory.
Democrat Jon Ossoff drew 48.1 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election, just shy of the 50 percent needed to win the most closely watched us congressional race since Trump took office in January. Because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, a special runoff will be held on June 20 between the top two: Karen Handel (R), who is pro-life, and Jon Ossoff (D), who is not.
The victor in Georgia will succeed Republican Tom Price, who resigned the seat to join Trump's administration as health secretary.
Democrat Jon Ossoff didn't win a special election for a Georgia congressional seat Tuesday night.
Trump jumped into the race in its final days with attacks on Twitter poking fun at Ossoff for not living in his own district and for attracting support from Hollywood celebrities.
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. Crediting himself, Trump added, "Glad to be of help!" "As soon as she concludes her medical training, I'll be 10 minutes back up the street in the district where I grew up".
Ossoff's failure to win the seat outright also highlights the ongoing problems with the Democratic Party.
If this is the Republican Party's secret weapon in keeping control of this hotly contested seat in Georgia, then they're in big trouble.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer echoed the sentiment.
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?
"Republicans must get out today and VOTE in Georgia 6", he said in a tweet posted at dawn Tuesday.
He took credit for the results shortly after midnight on Wednesday - even though his unpopularity nationally and in the district is why the race is competitive in the first place.
Ossoff failed to mention that his campaign, which already raised over $8 million for the special election, has been the recipient of Pelosi's help on the fundraising support. "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff told supporters, adding that they'd "carry us to victory" in June.