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20 April 2017, 05:30 | Laverne Osborne
Georgia House race down to 2 candidates, plus Trump, Pelosi
On April 18, the district held a special election to replace Tom Price, who left the House to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.
By a number of factors, it appeared that Democrats were extremely close to winning their first battle against Republicans since losing the White House to President Donald Trump in November; however, late Tuesday night, their candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District failed to reach a 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff with a Republican challenger.
In June, Mr Ossoff will go head-to-head with Republican candidate Karen Handel, who won just 19.8 per cent of the vote.
The Republican National Committee praised Handel's performance, with Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel congratulating her "for emerging from a large and qualified Republican field".
"I think everybody here is committed", she said. "I mean look, all Republicans, it's all hands on deck for us".
One person Handel didn't mention was President Donald Trump, who tweeted his congratulations Wednesday morning.
The Democrats hoped to win this special election and have the momentum carry them into the 2018 midterms. Another special election is coming up in Montana next month.
Democrats rejoiced at Ossoff's showing. She added that when it comes to balancing the budget and repealing Obamacare, both Handel and Trump are for the people.
"I certainly support the president and will work with him where we agree", Handel told the Associated Press at one of her final campaign stops before polls opened.
"We have a lot of wind at our back", Perez told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day".
The seat was vacated when Trump named Tom Price as his health secretary.
Trump was heavily invested in the race and in a tweet claimed victory, although Ossoff could still win in the runoff.
For Democrats, Ossoff's near win encourages the opposition movement that has flourished since Trump's 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.
Earlier, as supporters waited on returns, between country songs on the free music app, Pandora, an Ossoff ad had actually played out over her supporters. "Bring it on!" he said.
Was it also a "big loss" for Karen Handel, a seasoned Republican candidate who has far more experience in politics than Ossoff?
"This district has a long legacy of Republican leadership", she said.
In fact, Trump gave Ossoff his opening in the first place.
Yet despite such rhetoric, other Republicans saw clear warning signs for the party in Tuesday night's outcome.
Republican backlash against Trump in November led to closer-than-expected presidential results in the district.
Republicans, meanwhile, have made their own attempts at nationalizing the race.
Democrat Jon Ossoff almost pulled off a major upset win in a district comprising some of Atlanta's wealthiest, best-educated suburbs.
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