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.
The party avoided embarrassment last week when it narrowly held a conservative Kansas seat vacated when Trump tapped Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the Central Intelligence Agency. "This is a story about this community at this moment in history", he said Tuesday night, casting the race as a choice about "the kind of country" the United States will be, though he never named Trump. What do Tuesday's results tell us about the coming runoff and the 2018 midterms? The government is funded through April 28. With the GOP having a single candidate to rally behind, this race now becomes exponentially easier for Republicans to win.
"Hey that's what happens when you have $9 million, most of it from out of Georgia", said Handel, asked about the moment. Crediting himself, Trump added, "Glad to be of help!"
Ossoff almost pulled off a major upset win in a district comprising some of Atlanta's wealthiest, best-educated suburbs - an area that has been represented in Congress by Republicans for almost four decades. The more than $14 million spent on ads ahead of Tuesday's special election is just the beginning of a proxy fight between national Republicans and Democrats in what could be the most expensive special election on record.
Republicans say they could beat Ossoff in a one-on-one contest.
CAMEROTA: I mean, very quickly, President Trump only won there by one percentage point.
Conte: We have 50% chance to win title
Manchester United's Ashley Young insisted he still had "fire in my belly" after getting back into the first team at Old Trafford. In this case I wasn't able to do the right motivation.
Mr Ossoff, who ran on a pledge to "Make Trump Furious", portrayed the NY tycoon as a Washington insider. In the primary on Tuesday, Democrat Jon Ossoff won the most votes, with 48 percent, but fell just short of the 50 percent necessary to win outright.
After the June runoff between Ossoff and Handel was announced, Trump went back to Twitter to gloat. "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff said, and he urged his supporters to embrace the prospects of a runoff, telling them they would "carry us to victory". Before Price held the seat it was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's, who at one point was the only Republican in the state's House delegation.
However, President Donald Trump is calling this a victory for Republicans.
Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, finished a distant second in the crowded field, qualifying for the 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. The California Democrat remains an unpopular figure in the district.