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What to watch for next in the Georgia special election
20 April 2017, 06:48 | Kelvin Horton
Andrew Harnik AP
However, while they did make impressive strides in traditionally Republican districts, they have yet to prove they can win federal elections in the era of Trump.
A young Democratic Party candidate has come close to winning an outright victory for a US Congressional seat in a staunchly Republican district in Georgia, in an early sign of trouble for the ruling party in next year's mid-term elections. "It is now Hollywood vs Georgia on June 20th", he said.
Handel finished second as the top Republican vote-getter.
Ossoff's campaign will also launch a series of clips promoting the former congressional aide Thursday, the newspaper reported. Party officials say they can beat Ossoff once the primary is over and they unite behind a single candidate. We have shattered expectations. Progressive activists led by the liberal blog Daily Kos pumped $8.3 million into Ossoff's campaign largely because it represented their best odds out of four special elections for previously Republican-held House seats of flipping one and sending a message.
He slammed Republicans for their "dark money" and negative ads - Handel countered that most his funding came from outside the district, and reprised criticism that Ossoff doesn't even live in the Sixth District. In 2018, Republicans will be defending 23 seats that Clinton won.
Tom Price exited the 6th District earlier this year to become President Donald Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services.
Under normal circumstances a Republican win would be in little doubt. "I wonder if Donald Trump and she are going to campaign on that issue in her district", Perez said on CNN. Trump had lent support to her through a series of tweets and robocalls.
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.
While Ossoff declared "a victory for the ages", President Trump claimed a win for Republicans, who combined to win 50.5 percent of the votes. Crediting himself, Trump added, "Glad to be of help!"
The president weighed in again on Wednesday.
In fact, Trump arguably gave Ossoff his opening in the first place. So clearly, Trump can be a drag here. It will essentially sober Republicans who are assessing whether to run in Trump's first midterm election.
The race quickly gained national attention, becoming the 11th most expensive election in House history, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Democrat reportedly amassed an astounding $8.3 million from almost 200,000 donors, with over 95 percent of those contributions coming from out of state.
Ossoff is an untested candidate. Towards midnight on Tuesday he hinted to supporters, "We may not know the outcome for some time".
But Ossoff's haul fell short of the majority threshold required to outright win, despite him getting support from prominent Democrats and celebrities and attracting millions of dollars in outside donations.
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