Takeaways From The Georgia 6 Special Election

In fact, the victor of the nonpartisan primary, Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old onetime documentary filmmaker and former political staffer, ended up getting roughly 48 percent of the total vote, about the same percentage that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton received back in November.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump would campaign in Georgia for Handel "if needed" but dismissed the race as overhyped.

The question was whether Ossoff, a 30-year-old owner of an investigative film company, could win more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Outside groups poured millions into the nationally-watched contest, which was widely viewed as an early indicator of Trump's popularity as he closed out his first 100 days in office.

Early returns looked promising for Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, who had 51 percent of the vote with 97 of 210 precincts reporting. If so, Ossoff would win outright in a district that hasn't been represented by a Democrat since 1979, in a race few gave him a serious chance of claiming as recently as February.

Mr Ossoff and Ms Handel will now participate in a June 20 runoff.

"They were ringing my phone off the hook", said Kim Fambro, 45, who said the outreach convinced her to vote for Ossoff.

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Ossoff grew up in Georgia's Sixth District, born to a Jewish father and Australian mother.

But a first round win for Ossoff would be the first blow in what is shaping up to be a bitter, 18-month battle for control of the US Congress in the 2018 elections that come halfway through Trump's presidential term.

The special election - sort of a bye-election - was held to replace the congressional district's last incumbent Tom Price who vacated the seat when he joined Trump's team as his secretary for health and human services.

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? His win would be a warning shot for President Donald Trump. It is also probably worth noting that the 6th district candidate who tried hardest to brand himself as a Trump loyalist, Bob Gray, finished a distant third.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported that Republicans and Democrats have spent a combined $14 million on ad blitzes to sway the special election.

Georgia's runoff Republican isn't running away from President Donald Trump.

"Going forward, if Democrats see success in Georgia, that could energize and mobilize more Democrats elsewhere", she says. It said: "The reason is clear: voters are rejecting Trump and his policies.". He predicts that the June runoff won't be close.

  • Adam Floyd